Spring Cleaning: Moving Forward

I am writing a list of unclean things that are grossing me out. Baseboards are #1 and I will begin those this afternoon. My pup loves to lay against the wall in four separate spots. This dirties the baseboard, wall, and carpet. It must be her skin oils, because we keep her clean.

Ziva’s Favorite Spot
See the dark line at the bottom?
That crack is full of black dog hair.

So, now you have seen a small fraction of the mess that is my house. I will probably regret taking “dirty” pictures and posting them on the internet, the moment after I do so. Maybe, I should re-name the blog to be The Real Housewives of Arnold, CA. Then again, maybe not. Most people would rather not deal with this real of reality.

To prevent my going off on a rant about “reality” shows, I will get busy now.


Spring Cleaning – The Reality

I was very proud of myself for starting and I got all the upper cabinets clean and shiny. It took 2 hours and I was tired from getting up and down the step-stool, so I planned to start the lower cupboards the next day.

You may have noticed that it is a week later, since I began my plan. The lower kitchen cabinets remain neglected as I write this. Why this sudden halt? A combination of things happened. The first one was my lack of sleep and feeling fatigued. The second was the fact that spring was over – a winter storm warning loomed up and things got chilly and rainy. I don’t know about anyone else, but when gloomy cold weather is going on the spring feeling leaves me. I expect it to return when later this week things warm up again.

Next week I will have to do something labor intensive to keep me sane while I wait for Memorial weekend to come, so spring cleaning will be that thing. I hope.

You never know what’s going to happen…


Spring Cleaning – The Theory

I am excited this year to get into the Spring Cleaning! Why? Because when I am 3-weeks from my 2nd vaccine, I will have family visit. I don’t know about you, but after no guests for over a year, my guest rooms do not have any room for anything else, especially guests.

The left one is a sewing and craft storage room, that must be organized to make more sense to me – that one will take a a lot of time.

The Room on the Left

The room on the right is completely covered with empty boxes. I save the good sturdy boxes in case I need to send packages. Okay, so I have hoarder tendencies. Another thing to blame on the ‘lobotomy.’

The Room on the Right

I will spend this afternoon preparing for the domestic chores that need doing and plan one thing to spring clean. The “one thing” is not a complete room or big job like cleaning the carpet. An in-depth cleaning of a room means, ceiling to floor, so that room gets broken up into a whole week, with something done each day. I know this is the most efficient way to do it. I have yet to actually do this, but I know it makes the most sense.

Seriously. I am going to do my best to keep this plan, unlike last spring (I did nothing when the COVID lockdown happened), and the year before, I attempted to do the kitchen in one day and after that fiasco, I never resumed spring cleaning the other rooms. To me, Spring Cleaning is the cleaning that is not done on a normal basis. When I was a young, single mom, I could take apart my kitchen, scrub, and put it back together – on my own time. I did not have to use the kitchen if I did not want to. My apartment was in a large town, so I had plenty of options for take-out. No complaints from my daughter either. What four year old doesn’t like junk food?

But I digress. The Kitchen is the room with the most need. Bruce did his part by vacuuming on top of the cabinets, (a.k.a. knocking the dust bunnies up there down to where I can reach them.) It will take me all day to wash the solid oak cupboards and drawer faces with warm Murphy’s Oil Soap & water – to get the dust build up off there and nourish the wood. I (and they also) will feel so much better.

I will let you know if I have success implementing my theory…