Spring Cleaning Challenge Week 6 - Playroom, Garage & Sunroom Week

The Spring Cleaning Challenge is done - just in time for Christmas and the school holidays! Well done if you followed along, and if not, you can always set yourself a challenge to declutter and clean your house in 6 weeks (perhaps after Christmas!), by going back through each week in the challenge (click on each link):

Week 1 - Kitchen Week
Week 2 - Laundry Week
Week 3 - Lounegroom & Study Week
Week 4 - Bathroom Week
Week 5 - Bedroom Week

Week 6 is the playroom, garage (or sunroom)! Some people may have none of these rooms, so this final week would be to declutter, clean and organise any room we haven't mentioned. If you have no unfinished rooms, go back through 1 room in your house each day and check that there is nothing else you can declutter - chucking, donating or relocating any items that shouldn't be where they are.

[We don't have a playroom, but we do have a sunroom, which I had already tackled in a previous blog post - click here. Our garage is a mammoth task, and I didn't get to it in the same week as the challenge, as I had to wait for hubby to help me with some heavy lifting and sorting. I will put up a separate blog post in the new year about decluttering and organising the garage. I will provide the daily tasks for the playroom and garage below!]


Day 1 tasks:
 - Declutter toys and books
 - Tidy room by chucking, donating or relocating items that don't belong or that are no longer used
 - Remove cobwebs
 - Dust skirtings, light fixtures, vents and fans

Day 2 tasks:
 - Declutter games and puzzles
 - Clean windows and window sills
 - Dust blinds or wash curtains
 - Remove everything from cupboards, drawers, cabinets, desks and clean
 - Group like items together in baskets and place back in cupboards etc. neatly 

Day 3 tasks:
 - Declutter DVD's and CD's
 - Wipe down cupboard doors, drawers, walls, main door, light switches, power points
 - Sweep or vacuum and mop or spot clean carpets and rugs


This is our garage... (it is a single garage, but has enough space on the left hand side for a whole other car, however it does not have access for a car to drive into)

It has had the floor re-cemented recently, so is quite tidy...

And this is the other side... where all our 'stuff' lives (and why I can keep my house so tidy!)

Very embarrassing, but now that I've posted it here, I will be accountable to you all to clean it!! We will hopefully be doing this in the next couple of days/weeks!

Continuing on with the daily tasks in the garage...

Day 4 tasks:
 - Clean out the garage. Spend an hour or so going through the garage and collect any rubbish to chuck and relocate any items that don't belong. Get rid of as much stuff as you can!

Day 5 tasks:
 - Declutter sports gear (I've just bought mini wheelie bins to store mine in - will post pics in the future garage decluttering post)
 - Go through all of your sports Items
 - Use tubs/bins/garbage bags to keep, donate, chuck or relocate items
 - Once you have decided what you want to keep, group like items together and place in labelled storage boxes

Day 6 tasks:
 - Declutter holiday décor
 - Go through all of your Christmas Items
 - Use tubs/bins/garbage bags to keep, donate, chuck or relocate items
 - Once you have decided what you want to keep, group like items together and place in labelled storage boxes

Day 7 tasks:
 - Continue cleaning and decluttering garage
 - Clear an area just outside your garage. Use tubs/bins/garbage bags to keep, donate, chuck or relocate items
 - With any items you want to keep, buy some plastic storage tubs, and label them into categories (e.g. Christmas, Sports Equipment, Girls and Boys Clothes)
 - Place items in storage tubs
 - Stack or place neatly back into garage
 - Remove cobwebs and wipe shelves, benches and cupboards
 - Sweep floor of garage

Now that the challenge is over, I will be concentrating on my Christmas series: 'So this is Christmas!' Make sure to like my facebook page to be kept updated with new blog posts!

So this is Christmas... Part 5: Christmas Craft Ideas

I can't wait until Miss M is old enough so we can do craft activities together! I especially love Christmas craft. Here are lots of easy and effective ideas from Pinterest. There is 1 for every day in December leading up to Christmas! 

1. Christmas wreath using paints and your little one's hand prints!

2. Santa's sleigh and his reindeer using paints and your child's hand and footprints. 

3. Paper plate bells using cardboard, a paper plate and bells. 

                                             Paper plate Christmas Bell Craft for Kids www.daniellesplace.com:

4. Paper Plate Christmas Tree using paper plates, glue/stapler, pom poms and paint!

                                                Paper Plate Christmas Tree Craft - Creative Family Fun:

5. Homemade cards using cardboard and paint samples.

                                                 Though it still has some days before Christmas, don’t you think it’s a right time to think about choosing the Christmas gifts? We suggest that you DIY Christmas gifts instead of buying them in the shops because DIY projects can save money as well as show your heart to your friends and family members. If[Read the Rest]:

6. Using old Christmas cards on brown paper to create wrapping paper.

                                               Postcards on Brown Paper Wrap / Новогодний декор:

7. Paddle pop stick angels, how sweet! Using old sheet music, paddle pop sticks, glitter, stars and paint!

                                              Popsicle stick angels.:

8. A wreath using coloured cardboard and your child's handprints!

                                             hand Advent wreath = couronne d'Avent (mains):

9. A Christmas tree ornament using an old wire coat-hanger, cardboard and buttons. 

                                              easy Christmas tree ornament:

10. Nativity craft celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, simply using black cardboard and coloured cellophane. 

                                Stained Glass Nativity Craft Teaches Hope - Printable Included. Great craft for preschool kids and older. Meaningful Mama:

11. A nativity scene using toilet rolls and coloured pencils. 

                                 nativity-scenes- print, color and glue to toilet paper rolls.:

12. Plate plate craft depicting Baby Jesus in a manger, using cardboard and feathers.  

                                           Christmas Craft - Baby Jesus in a Manger Paper Plate Craft from www.daniellelsplace.com - Copyright 2014 - Bible Craft for Preschool:

13. Christmas tree using cardboard handprints and glitter.

                                                Great project we make with our toddler class each year. Just use one hand from each child and then one of their feet for the stump! Cute classroom decoration for Christmas:

14. Bow tie noodle wreath using pasta, a ribbon, paint and glitter. 

                                              Bow Tie Noodle Wreath Craft for Christmas (Homemade Card Idea) #Christmas craft for kids | CraftyMorning.com:

15. Glass jar candle craft using an old glass jar, old sheet music, and twine. Make sure children are supervised if you burn a tea-light candle inside!

                                            I am saving any glass jar we empty. They don't have to be mason jars. I prefer that they don't all look the same. We can use them as vases or lanturns (like this pic)- For more great inspiration visit us at Bride's Book home of the VIB Bridal Club:

16. Christmas tags using cardboard, markers and buttons. 

                                        Buttons, glue, felt tip pens : ):

17. Meal tags (or place cards for names) created using 2 candy canes and some cardboard. 


18. Purchase a Christmas tree craft punch and create green trees to scatter on the Christmas table using paint samples. 

                                          I love this! Use a paper punch and your favourite colour pallet to decorate your table and presents! #mollietakeover:

19. Decorate baubels with your child's name, or have a theme set, like these Ninja Turtle baubels! 

                                          Teenage mutant ninja turtle ornaments. - I need to make these for the guys in PTV they would love them:

20. Another Christmas tree paper plate idea. Kids can decorate their tree however they like!

                                                    Make this adorable Christmas Kids Craft out of a paper plate. Add some learning skills into it by incorporating some lacing practice while decorating your Christmas Tree. | From I Heart Crafty Things:

21. Canvases or foam boards covered in fabric or wrapping paper and hung with twine make great Christmas decorations!

                                               Foam board covered with fabric. Pin Christmas cards to it.:

22. Make snowflakes for the windows using plain white paper or white patty pans. 

                                                                #DIY Coffee-Filter Snowflakes: Make a beautiful cascade of snow in just a few simple steps:

23. All you need for these cute fingerprint lights is paint and a marker!

                                                    fingerprint christmas light craft for kids:

24. And lastly, a Christmas tree that can be used for planting in the new year! A Christmas tree using painted pots. 

                                                       soooooooooo cute!♦:
For more ideas, sign up to Pinterest - there are so many excellent craft and other Christmas ideas! 

So this is Christmas... Part 4: Gift Ideas

This next post in my Christmas series is focusing on Gift Ideas, for those hard-to-buy people. I find that my Mum is the easiest in my family to buy for, and my husband, dad and brothers the most difficult! I always struggle when it comes time to buy for Secret Santa presents too. Hopefully a few of these gift ideas will inspire you! 

A great guideline to follow for kids is this idea from Money Saving Sisters is this Christmas gift challenge where you only buy 4 gifts: something your kids want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. You could also add something to make, something to do/be active and something for someone else (e.g. a toy to place under the Kmart wishing tree). Read more about the challenge from Money Saving Sisters here. 

Now onto some gift ideas! Each link provided goes straight to the website and is worth a look, as there are plenty more ideas there!

1. Kmart mugs filled with chocolates or lollies are perfect for Secret Santa gifts, or gifts for teachers ($4 for the mugs)

2. Idea for girls who love craft from Smiggle - via Organising the Four of Us (click on the link for more ideas)

3. Body products, again great for Secret Santa gifts, or to add to a present for a Mum, sister or daughter ($1.50 each from Kmart) 

4. Ideas for babies - Sophie the Giraffe Wooden Toy - from The Organised Housewife (click on the link for more ideas for babies) 

                                                             Sophie the girrafe stacking toy

5. Retro toys from Kmart ($3 - $6, with many more available in store) - great stocking stuffers! 

6. A Christmas gift idea for teachers from Organising the Four of Us (click on the link to read more) - a bucket, beach towel, plastic cup with straw, chocolates and lip balm. These were only $15 each from Kmart. 


7. A magazine subscription (google the one you are after, or visit MagShop). A yearly subscription price depends on the magazine chosen (Better Homes & Gardens is $69.95 for 13 issues), and some give you the option of a 6-month subscription which may only be $30-$40. 

                                                      Picture of Better Homes & Gardens

8. Ideas for Boys from The Organised Housewife including the dump truck dinner set (click on the link to read more). 


9. A personalised photo mug from Big W Photos Online. These are on special at the moment starting at $12. 

                                                   Black Standard Mug
10. Ideas for girls from The Organised Housewife including an easel. They have a fantastic 3 in 1 Art Easel for only $29 at Kmart at the moment (I'll be getting one for Miss M when she's older!) 

11. Personalised photo calendar from Big W Photos Online. Turn your child's artwork into a year-long gift for the Grandparents! This one is only $19.95. 

12. Ideas for men from The Organised Housewife including the Apple Cider Starter Kit. 

13. Homemade playdough tubs, perfect for a small gift for kids (e.g. at preschool) from Our Organised Hive's Facebook page


15. Gifts for women from The Organised Housewife, including Mox Shoes. I haven't got any, but apparently these are super comfortable. They retail for around $40. 


16. Homemade ice cream box - image from Pinterest, via http://christianpf.com/diy-gifts/ This would be a great idea for those lovely families in our lives, and lets them enjoy a family ice cream night (they just need to provide the ice cream!)

                                   DIY ice cream sundae kits (housewarming, new neighbor, teacher, get well gift):

17. Ideas for kids toys including kinetic sand (you can get a cheap version for $19 at Kmart) from The Organised Housewife. 

                                                  kinetic sand

18. Sponsor a child - I sponsor a boy named Yogi through Compassion Australia. This is a gift that would really make a difference, but make sure the person you are giving this too agrees to sponsor them until they are at least 18 years of age (you could sponsor them for a few months as your gift to them - each month costs about $48 with Compassion). 
Alternatively, another gift with a difference is to buy a chicken or a goat for a family in need (in places like Africa) for as little as $10. Head to Oxfam Unwrapped to find out more! 


19. Ideas for Homewares, including this lovely 'hello' welcome mat, from The Organised Housewife. 

                                       hello door mat

20. Create your own hot chocolate set! This would be perfect as Secret Santa gifts. Image is from DIY Ready. All you'd need is some cheap jars, ribbon or fabric, stickers or a texta to draw the faces on, hot chocolate powder, mints or lollies and mini marshmallows! 

                                Snow men made from small glass mason jars, or baby food jars, one jar has peppermint, another has cocoa, another has marshmallows, top with black hat and use permanent marker to color on buttons and face.:

21. Ideas for books from The Organised Housewife, including this lovely Christmas cookbook. Recipe books are a great gift idea for the foodie in your life!

22. If any of your loved ones adore different teas, this is a fantastic way to give them a gift they will love! The image below is wreath of tea found on the One Hundred Dollars a Month site. A selection of teas in a wooden tea box is another nice idea as well.  

                                  Make this wreath as a gift for your friends!- I would Totally love receiving something like this and I could reuse it over and over.:

23. For those who want to combine their love of creating with gift giving, homemade beauty products are fantastic, just like this homemade sugar scrub from The Idea Room via Buzz Feed.  If you own a Thermomix, then head to The Road to Loving My Thermo Mixer, where there are heaps of recipes for homemade beauty products. 

                                                  Peppermint Sugar Scrub | 39 DIY Christmas Gifts You'd Actually Want To Receive:

24. 'A spa in a jar' is a gift idea for those you want to pamper... or those who need it! I gave one of these in a Secret Santa present last year. I would love to receive something like this! Actually, anything presented in a jar is cute! 
Grab a cheap jar, decorate it, and you could add nail polish, body scrub, soap, body wash, a nail file, cotton wool, cotton buds, bath bombs, bubble bath, a candle, some chocolates, a face mask etc. All these items can be bought cheaply (and in a smaller version to fit in your jar) from Kmart, Big W and $2 shops. The image below is from DIY Ready. 

                                            DIY Christmas Gifts for Friends and Family! Manicure in a Jar | http://diyready.com/60-cute-and-easy-diy-gifts-in-a-jar-christmas-gift-ideas/:
If 'a spa in a jar' isn't what you are after, then here are 5 different versions of the idea! Image from The DIY Mommy. 

                          A whole bunch of gift basket ideas + free printables! #christmas #giftbasket #printables:

25. And lastly, who can go past some homemade Christmas baking. Fudge, gingerbread men, rocky road, coconut ice, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, Christmas cupcakes, rum balls, truffles, shortbread, mini meringues, trifle, chocolate bark, fruit mince pies and Christmas cookies (image from https://www.flickr.com/photos/diogioscuro/6425840063/ ) are all excellent ideas, and I know I would be happy to receive a gift like this! Yum! 

                                          Cookie frosting design inspiration:

Do you enjoy gift giving and receiving gifts? Hopefully some of these ideas will inspire you!

                                   It is time to wrap your Christmas gift! How about personalized it with Santa's Belt And Snowflakes Gift Wrap?:

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