Saturday, September 20, 2008

House Revamp

Posted by Mandy at 8:32 AM

After doing a complete food overhaul in the kitchen, I decided that my entire house needs a redo. Many people delight in Spring Cleaning, but I tend to do Fall Cleaning as well. Fall cleaning has taken an even more important meaning this fall, considering that I somehow missed spring cleaning a few months back.

The decision to totally deep clean my house came to me a few days ago. Before leaving to take dogs to the vet and pick up the kids from school, Samuel and I had spent the early afternoon doing some pretty heavy-duty cleaning. Floors were swept, mopped, and vacuumed. Counters were wiped until they shined. Shelves and all of their contents were dusted. So, imagine my surprise when I walk into my home and expect to smell that "oh so clean" smell... only to smell something totally different. The smell is hard to describe. It's not a foul "yuck" smell.. but a "something's not clean in here" smell.

This lead me to snoop around my house like a dirt investigating detective. My thorough research led me to discover curtains that haven't been cleaned in an unimaginable period of time, windows that hadn't been wiped in around a year, and even lamp shades and free standing lights that were simply covered in unnoticed dust.

"No wonder this house doesn't smell clean! It isn't!"

So, this morning I took down completely dirty curtains and threw them into the washing machine. I have three more bedrooms of curtains to go, but I know that alone is going to make a big difference in the smell factor when you first enter this house. Next on my list of previously ignored cleaning will be:
- windows
- lamps
- computer "area"
- kitchen cabinets
We shall see where these tasks take me on my cleaning journey next.
Thankfully, I love to clean. Now, don't get me wrong. I don't love daily mundane cleaning like constantly picking up toys and sweeping the kitchen floor. I love that deep down, "wow this looks great!" cleaning. The kind that makes you sit back, totally exhausted and filthy, and take a deep breath and feel good about your home. The kind of cleaning that requires you to shower after completing. Oh yes... I am a sucker for things that sparkle and shine!
My goal is to not let these things go neglected in the future. How great would it be if I could get on a better cleaning "schedule" so that all of these things were simply part of my 'light' cleaning and did not require an entire day to accomplish? One can dream...


Brittany on Saturday, 20 September, 2008 said...

I love the cartoon!

I wish I loved to clean. But I just simply tolerate it, lol. Have you ever heard of Flylady? My voice teacher from college referred me to that website. There's some pretty neat ideas for organizing your cleaning schedule so you don't have to spend all day "deep cleaning". Just don't subscribe to the emails, unless you want a ton of emails everyday. You can get the same info off the website.

Anonymous said...

yeah ours could use it right now.

The tricky part seems to be the curtains for us...ours are lined and they cannot be machine washed.When I get up from here,I will be scrubbing floor to ceiling.

Ana on Monday, 22 September, 2008 said...

I am so like that too! I love things to look pretty, neat and clean. I also like to switch around furniture and think of creative ways to redo a room without purchasing new items. Happy cleaning to ya!

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