Thursday, May 20, 2010

It's Time It's Time! 10 Week Happy House Cleaning Challenge!

It's about time we got back to the business of cleaning right? Well, we're getting serious folks. It's time for the 10 Week Happy House Cleaning Challenge. It'll be run very similarly to the last one, but stick around for a few change ups and twists along the way. I promised I would make it fun, and you know me...I don't like to disappoint! The beginning starts just like before, so no new surprises here...let's get down to business!

Almost two years ago, my house was a disaster. The wedding was over, remnants were all over the house, our dining/living room was empty as we hadn't found any furniture we liked, and clutter was invading every nook and cranny. It was what is my now current nightmare. Seriously. So why am I telling you this? Because not long ago, I was a freaking mess, and having a clean & organized house was a daunting thought. But after a few habit changes, we've got a smoothly running, organized, clean house that I love.

I realize that it takes time. It's not just a wave of a wand and poof- here's a clean, organized house with a red ribbon tied around it. So, we're getting back to the basics. Back to where I started when I realized I was done being a mess. Every Thursday for the next 10 weeks we will add a new daily task. Something that should be done every day and doesn't take more than a few minutes. By the end of the 10 weeks, you'll be spending less than an hour throughout the day, and the reward will be worth that small amount of time! The longer you do it, the less time you'll spend. Plus, it will become a (here comes one of my favorite words) routine, and you will hardly realize you are doing the tasks.

Your clean, organized, red ribbon tied up house is only 10 short weeks away. How can you turn that down? You can't! Are you ready to join me? I know my house is ready for some attention. If so, read on. Join me as we fight the dirty together one step at a time




WEEK 1: Make Your Bed
Seems like a simple task, right? I know it doesn't make a HUGE difference in how clean your house is, but it gets you off on the right foot. Leave your bedroom looking neat and tidy in the morning and you are bound to keep that can do attitude going. Plus, I love climbing into a nicely made bed after a long day. siiiiiiiiigh, bed.




So every day, make sure you make your bed. And if you run out of time in the morning- just do it when you get home from work. I won't tell. We'll check in next Thursday (and each following Thursday) to see how you did on this challenge and add a 2nd one to the list!

P.S. Don't forget to tell me you are joining in the comments. If you were around last time, you know commenting on the challenge could pay off. If you weren't around last time...well you can either trust me...or search the archives ;)

P.S.S Don't forget to add the awesome Happy House Cleaning Challenge button to YOUR blog!! The code is at the top of the page on the right. How cute is he? I love that his red ribbon looks like a sweatband. Adorable. (Big ups to my friend Shelly who so graciously helped me with the button!)

Any questions? Alright. Let's go! And make your bed tomorrow :)

43 comments:

  1. I am going do work the challenge! I'm pretty excited!

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  2. I'm in! I'm out of town for a client meeting today and tomorrow, but will start making my bed on Saturday morning.

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  3. Hooray! I am so ready! I will be doing the challenge this time around.

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  4. I'm in. I am just coming out of survival mode with my now 2 year old. I really let the house suffer.........I need to get back into a routine. My house is definitely not company ready right now! Ha! I totally agree about making the bed. Thanks for the tips.

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  5. looks like a plan! I've never been a bed making sort of person..more like just flopping the covers over me in some sort of order but, my house needs help ..so , consider this bed made!

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  6. I will be joining you! I am very happy and excited to get started, and see where I can "get" my home.

    Thank you for doing this.

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  7. I am going to be brave and join you this go-around!

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  8. I'm joining again! Last time I did so good through about 4 or 5 weeks then I stopped! This time I'm going to stick it out!

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  9. I missed the start of the last one but I am in this time. I am already super clean but you have some great ideas and I can't wait to see what you throw at me! :) Thanks!

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  10. I started following your blog halfway through the last challenge, so I'm going to try to join in on this one. The first one is easy - I already make my bed everyday.

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  11. I'm in! Sounds like it'll be a great start for our house's post-wedding life.

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  12. I'm in and luckily I already make my bed!

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  13. I am usually a lurker but the current state of my house demands that I come out and participate in this challenge. :)

    Looking forward to having a clean house. And, I already made my bed today!

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  14. I am in! I didn't get to complete the last challenge all the way thru. I'm ready this time!

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  15. I'd like to join the Challenge!

    Put me down for 7/7. My husband and I take turns making the bed every single day. : )

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  16. Ok, I found you on the nest searching for organizing tips...I'm normally a D&R girl! Definitely ready to get my house in order - count me in on the challenge!

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  17. I'm in. Alittle late, but up for the challenge

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  18. I'm all in. We still haven't fully cleared through everything from our move over two months ago - that coupled with planning a wedding is leaving our house a disaster!

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  19. I'm in - I'm still trying to unpack, so any easy method for keeping it looking neat is welcome. Bed making is easy enough!

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  20. I'm in! So excited at the thought of a clean house!

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  21. I wanted to do this the first time around, but I was still focusing on unpacking boxes, etc. This time I'm totally game! Woohoo!

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  22. I'm in!! This sounds like a great plan!

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  23. This is just in time - Just got back from being in London for work all month, needless to say our place has been a bit neglected : )

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  24. I will be attempting to participate. My house is in shambles because I have had no energy and constant nausea. Hopefully it has passed!

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  25. Just found your blog, great timing on my part since you're just starting again! I'm in. Off to subscribe right now so I don't forget...

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  26. I just stumbled upon your blog and I really like the idea of the 10 week challenge---so I'm in! Help me get/keep my house clean!

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  27. I'm in...a bit late for this week, but it's all good since I already make my bed daily.

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  28. hey just found your blog and I'm DEFINITELY up for the challenge. We moved into our place a year ago and have yet to get organized. Its a disaster. So I need to get organized. And will start making the bed tomorrow =P

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  29. I'm late but I'm so in with the new house I need all the help I can get I'm used to only about 500 sq ft of space to clean so this big house is kicking my butt.

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  30. Count me in! We have been in our home for almost a year and need a little help.

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  31. Super late, but count me in. I just got back from my honeymoon and the house is a disaster area!

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  32. I'm in. (Only about a week late!)

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  33. I'm in too! I'm in desperate need of this. I'm a bit late but will start making my bed now!

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  34. I'm in- I fell off the bandwagon last time, but this time I'm gonna do it, promise!!

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  35. Ok, so I'm a little late, but I'm joining. I kinda fell off the bandwagon with the last challnge, but I'm gonna do it this time!!

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  36. I'm joining! I really need this!

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  37. Okay I'm joining....three weeks late. I fear my current habits are frightfully atrocious

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  38. You should write a book!!!

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