Spring Cleaning: The Big Fat List

You may or may not remember that I mentioned a list with chores that I wanted to get done. In fact, I stated, “I am writing a list of unclean things that are grossing me out.” Easy to put things on the list. Checking them off is complicated when you devote 2-3 hours a day working on something. Making progress is great, but I can’t cross the thing off the list until all of it is completed. So I had to make sub-lists of all the items on the big, fat list. That way I can check stuff off a lot.

“Another plan?”, you ask. Sort of. It is important that I don’t over-do and stress myself into feeling overwhelmed, like every other year. I am trying to pace myself. After all, I live here and I can clean whatever I want, when I want (almost). There is a deadline for the guest rooms to get uncluttered and cleaned well. I will be highly motivated to get those rooms acceptable.

I scanned my list and posted it. Maybe there are people who would like to see if it works for them. I hope it does, and I hope I’m one of those people. Please forgive the penmanship. I almost typed it up, but I stopped myself in time.

Try not to laugh too hard. The list will grow as I find things not on there now. Blah!


Spring Cleaning: The Truth About Ovens

If you don’t know about self-cleaning ovens, let me educate you. First off, the oven does not really clean anything. YourSELF and mySELF do all the preparation: washing oven door, removing the bottom drawer (with pots and pans in it) away from the oven, and removing the oven racks.) The racks must be scrubbed by yourSELF. All the parts that sit on top of the oven (stove pieces) must also be cleaned by yourSELF. Well, you ask, what does the oven do? The oven heats up to 550 degress Farenheight. Stays on for 4 hours at that temp, then the cycle is over. A more accurate description – the oven burns up the grime in itself and turns it to ash.

So, now, when the oven is fully cooled off, you need to get your damp rags and wipe out all of the ashes now inside your oven. Uh Oh! Remember the racks lying in the driveway “soaking” in 409? You must go scrub them, and wash them up. OMG, you never pulled out that pan drawer out, so your cookie sheets, griddle, pizza pan and the like have been terrorized by fire.

In case you are wondering – they all survived. My hands and arms are angry with me after spending the last 3 days scrubbing. I am also angry because the burnt on grease underneath the burner covers is so caked on that I can’t get it all off. How did I not notice this? I keep the stove top sparkly clean. But spills and splatters drip underneath the cover and build up and bake on.