Posts Tagged ‘cleaning’

Housework binge

If you personally know me, you’ll know I go through stages. I latch onto something, go full steam ahead, and then I’m over it as soon as I started it. This is totally normal to me, and I never even noticed it really until a few people pointed it out to me in recent years, and it did make sense.

The last couple weeks I was on a digital organization kick. All of the sudden I had to have a new backup hard drive, and I had to fill it up right away. And promptly physically broke the thing and lost all my data (the only copy of some of it). This, in turn, required I buy yet another hard drive, copy everything I had left, and start to really organize files that have never seen organization over the past 10 years. It took over a week just to get to the point of being able to start organizing the files. I got them into general categories and ran lots of tools to ensure I had no duplicate files (not anymore – I did have tons and tons of duplicate files. This is what happens when you copy your folders again and again out of paranoia).

So what did that mean? That meant it was time to really get down to business! And that’s when I lost all interest in it. I had achieved my main goal – I now have dual backups fully replicated of all of my data ever. I can feel free to break 1 more hard drive and still be ok. Ideally, those backup drives would be fully organized and magnificent. But you know what, that is a lot of data. A lot of data. And the task became overwhelming. There was no hurry to organize files, as there had been to back everything up after I broke the drive, even though the initial drive (no pun intended) to start on this task came out of nowhere.

I had about 3 or 4 days after I gave up on digital organization where I floundered. I felt like I had nothing to do, and I actually thought it was from no longer having something as massive as planning a wedding always hanging overhead to fill up any free time. I think I was just waiting to hop on board my next quick train, though. Turns out that train was real-life organization!

For the last 3 days, I have been cleaning totally nonstop. I started in the living room, going through old boxes I’d been ignoring for…at least over a year now. I also cleaned out all of the windowsills (hadn’t done that since we moved in 3 years ago! Ewwww), and any random areas of dirt on the walls (yes, the walls actually get buildup in high traffic areas). The next day I cleaned the bathroom totally from top to bottom – and side to side, for that matter. I’ve never cleaned the bathroom that well or that thoroughly. It’s not only clean (as in grime) but it’s clean (as in organized). Everything is put away in it’s right place, everything is dust-free and beautiful. And it makes me so much happier. The next morning (ie this morning) I walked in and did not recognize it. That was a great feeling! I always feel like the bathroom is one of the hardest place to get in shape, especially when one owns too many bath products….as one might do…

Tonight I tackled what is easily the dungeon of the apartment: the walk-in closet. It sounds glamorous. It sounds like it contains the most fabulous collection of clothing, and most especially shoes. And I’m sure it would if I had a garage, laundry room, linen closet, and/or hobby room. Instead it’s the dumping ground for anything that doesn’t really have a place elsewhere. Sporting equipment, laundry accessories, hobby supplies, wedding decor that needs to be sold, wedding china we don’t have nearly the cupboard space required here, luggage, a giant ballgown that hasn’t yet been preserved and stuffed into a tiny box, bath towels, beach towels, sheets, handbags, a pull up bar, college diploma frame, guitar, skateboard, gift bags, art and MORE fill this space. Oh, and it also has clothes and shoes. Cleaning this beast has been dreaded. Nothing in there seems like anything can be done with it – it’s not junk, there just isn’t anywhere else for it.

Well, it turns out some of it was junk. Not much, but enough to help significantly. I still had my bag of ice skates leftover from the fire (“the fire” = the fire that destroyed my apartment in college 1 month before graduation in 2007) from which I had been meaning to harvest the blades and toss the rest, as nothing else could be salvaged (I’m not even positive the blades are usable). Tonight I harvested those blades and trashed the rest. This cleared off a big chunk of the overhead shelving in there. I also picked out a few items of clothing I haven’t worn in 4+ years, which was enough for me to be able to hang up the hanging sweater holder that Josh and I bought a year ago which we had only managed to fit on his side of the closet so far! It’s pretty exciting. I moved some boxes around and tada, about half of the closet was organized. It looks so much better already, and that feels better.

I also finally went through my leftover wedding items. Everything was sorted into sell, keep, donate, and I even washed all of the table runners so they’re ready to go too. That got rid of a big basket of stuff! What I have left to sell fits together nicely now in a small area, vs the millions of boxes taking up the entire floor in there before.

I’m feeling pretty great about myself through my success in cleaning and organization. I’m also feeling pretty tired though! I basically clean the entire time after work except for about 1 hour to eat and watch some TV. Just like everything else though, I’m sure I’ll be over this soon enough, so I better go all-out while I’m on this kick in order to achieve maximum payoff. So far I’m very happy with my work!

Cleaning house…err, apartment

Today was a loooong day. Very long. What did we do? Well, chore after chore…after chore. But we started off with breakfast!

It seems like just about every weekend, we run out of milk and Josh has to go get some more. Luckily, Trader Joe’s is a scant 3 minute walk, but still – how is it that we manage to always run out before breakfast on the weekend?

Today I woke up wanting pancakes, and it was the second thing Josh suggested after hash browns! Whooo both wanting to have the same breakfast. And pancakes are a Josh-cooks-it item! I don’t know if it was the recipe or the cooking, but whenever I’ve tried to make pancakes in the past they were just…ok. Nothing special. Not bad, but not great, just meh. Josh’s pancakes are quite good though!

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Table all set! We don’t always eat at the table for breakfast.

It was quite good. Thank you Joshykins! The last time he made them, somehow we ended up with 12. I’m not sure how this time we got 6, but it worked out fine. I even wanted seconds! Probably better that we didn’t have any, though.

What Josh doesn’t know is that I’m secretly having him build his repertoire of recipes. Well, he will know if he reads this! He is the breakfast potato cooker (both home fries and hashbrowns), occasionally an egg maker, the pancake maker. Breakfast is the meal in which he has the most prep and cooking experience, but he is always my sous-chef for dinner.

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We had a teeeeny pancake for the cats, can you see it?

The rest of the day was basically finishing up laundry that didn’t get done the other day, going through clothes to pull out ones that don’t fit or aren’t liked, and general tidying. We filled a huuuge box (one that a wedding dress was originally shipped in!) with clothes and a couple other items to donate! I’m working on paring down my shoe collection, but it’s hard. It’s so much easier to get rid of clothes than shoes or bags, I find. For one thing, you don’t grow out of shoes or bags (well, I guess you could grow out of shoes in adulthood, but it’s more rare). And they seem to wear out less frequently.

I really wanted to work on scanning documents and photos today, but it didn’t happen :( Hopefully tomorrow. We did wash the car though, something I wanted to do before the wedding! It is all nice and shiny now.

Yesterday, this arrived:

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I bought it last week online, because apparently adults need their own special size of hoop, and can’t just get one from Toys R Us. I tried it out right away and was able to hoop for 6 minutes straight! I was able to do that about 3 times. Other times were between 2 and 4 minutes. Something about “adult” hoops though, is they are heavier! They’re made of pipe, I think, instead of out of plastic. They should certainly be more durable…but the extra weight and larger size meant it hurts your tummy to hoop. At least it hurt mine. This morning I had a few bruises from it :( Hopefully I build up a tolerance to it. It was lots of fun!

Dinner was a quick tuna noodle casserole thrown together last minute thanks to leftover cooked egg noodles from the 1 month anniversary dinner! I’ve never made such an easy meal that still was fairly “home cooked” (there was canned mushroom soup involved). It was delicious!

We watched last year’s remake of Friday the 13th. I rather enjoyed it! I thought I might hate it, as I had the remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I had never seen any of the Friday the 13th movies before, but now I’m curious to see some of them.

Tomorrow will probably be another day full of chores. At least the apartment is looking better!