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30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #18 Update

During the month of April, I’m encouraging my readers to participate in a 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge (read more here, if you missed my announcement about this challenge last week). Every week day morning at 9 a.m., I’ll post the daily project and every evening around 6 p.m. EST, I’ll post an update and link-up.

Well, today’s project was quick and easy…

Before {wasn’t too bad}

And after 10 minutes of rearranging and wiping down, here’s what it looked like.

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::Want to blog about this challenge? If you’re blogging through this challenge with me, be sure to leave your link to your direct post on linky below. Plus, if you’d like to post your daily posts to the 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge Pinterest Group, just shoot me an email (moneysavingmom @ gmail dot com) and I’ll invite you.

::Want to follow along on Twitter or Instagram? I’ll also be sharing some of my cleaning pictures on my Facebook Page, my Twitter account, and my Instagram account. I’d love to have you do the same or join in the discussion on Twitter and Instagram. Just follow hashtag #Cleanin30 to see what others are tweeting and Instagramming about this challenge!

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  • Organize365 says:

    It’s so nice to have a clean fridge! Thanks for the “challenge”!

  • Crystal, I was wondering what cleaning system your family uses on a regular basis. Do you use a system like the one we’ve been using this month? Your rooms never look terribly dirty, and you mention that you have your children doing some daily chores. I’m just wondering how to keep the house clean once this month is over! 🙂

    • Lisa Pepper says:

      That’s a good question that I would like to know as well.

    • Crystal says:

      We’ve done a variety of things over the years and we keep tweaking it as seasons change, so I’m afraid I can’t tell you the perfect system. 🙂 However, I would recommend checking out and — two systems that have worked well for me at different times. I think this list of chores we’re doing this month might be a good system for many people, too.

      I’ve also found it helps so much to divvy up the chores between different days and family members if at all possible. Daily maintenance, delegation, and doing a little bit of deep cleaning at a time seem to be working pretty well for me right now… though this month’s pictures sure show that we have plenty of dirt around here. 🙂

    • Susan says:

      Jessica, what works for me is to clean the refrigerator every Thursday. In my neighborhood, trash is collected on Fridays, which is why I do it on that day. Then on the weekend I shop for groceries for the upcoming week, and there’s plenty of room in the fridge for fresh food.

      I don’t empty the whole thing out. I work on one shelf at a time, look at each item and toss it if it’s expired or I think we won’t eat if. Then I wipe down that shelf, and move to the next one. Anything that is being kept I just pick up with one hand, wipe underneath it with the other hand, and set it back down.

      By doing this every week, it does not take long at all, maybe 10 minutes, and I never need to do a major clean-out of the fridge.

      Hope this helps.

  • I half planned to do the fridge only, not the pantry, but I pep-talked myself to starting only one shelf and ended up finishing two pantry cabinets as well. So glad to have this done!

  • It was so nice to get this job done today. I really love these types of series that you do…it helps motivate me to do things I normally wouldn’t do on my own (plus the accountability of the blog helps too 😉

  • Marie says:

    It was nice to go through the fridge and clean. I didn’t have to much to get rid of but the drawers and shelfs definitely needed a wipe down. I already went through the pantry so that was good.

  • Lana says:

    This morning I commented the door on our second fridge had not been closed properly last night. Well it is dying. We have crammed our inside fridge full and our deep freeze. What a disorganized mess! Don’t know yet if we will replace it or not. It sure is nice to have a second fridge at holiday time and for stocking up.

  • Kelly says:

    Done! It’s nice to have a de-leftover-ed fridge!

  • Kim says:

    The easiest time to clean the fridge is BEFORE grocery shopping. Now I’m ready to stock it up!

  • Denise says:

    My fridge is free of the unknown “something” in a Rubbermaid container now! Whew! Glad there was only one! =) I love to open the fridge door and see everything organized and the shelves sparkling! Day #19 – done!

  • Shelly says:

    The job of cleaning the refrigerator is one I never want to do. But I did tackle it today. I found a few thing lurking in there that I didn’t realize were in the fridge but now it looks really nice. I’m so glad to have it done.

  • Ann says:

    How is your fridge so empty? I feel like ours is always full even when there isn’t much food in it…and there doesn’t seem to be much I could clean out.

  • K says:

    Didn’t get the chance to join the challenge earlier, but as if turns out, I completed this challenge on yesterday! 🙂

    Today, I worked on a HUGE project that I’d been putting off for a couple of months now. It took just about the entire day to get 85% of it done.

    Even though I didn’t finish the project, I feel hyped about seeing the progress I’ve made, so far.

  • CristinaS says:


    really stupid idea, to start cleaning the fridge at 20:30, wile dinner was at the stove…really stupid.

    Ate dinner at 22:00… stupid but done.

  • Looks good! I missed this project yesterday so will be doing double-duty today. 🙂

  • Kimberly C says:

    Funny timing…I actually wasn’t planning to clean my fridge just because I had a bunch of other stuff to get done, but then last night when I went to grab a gallon-sized ziploc of soup I had taken out of the freezer to thaw the day before, I found that the bag had a hole in it and the whole top shelf was basically a pool of soup. Bummer! So now it is clean and looks brand new, and I’m glad I was forced into cleaning it. 🙂

  • Tara says:

    Wow Crystal! My “after” is not even as clean and organized as your “before”.
    I’m impressed!

  • Connie says:

    I joined this challenge just a couple of day ago. I haven’t even been able to do the challenge every day BUT I did do today’s challenge and feel good about it. The 2 days that I have done has made me want to continue AND catch up! Thank You!

  • Denise says:

    This was a very rewarding challenge! It feels great to have a somewhat-organized pantry. Bonus – I finally swept up the hundreds of sprinkles that have been hiding under the bottom shelf.

    Denise 🙂

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