Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Spring Cleaning ~ Reality Check

Well, it is Wednesday night... Are you wondering if I got all my Easter Cleaning done??? The answer is NO!! I did get a lot done, but not everything that I had hoped. Some of the things on my list I intentionally put off once I realized just how long it would take, i.e. sorting through the kids clothes, and cleaning out closets and cabinets. Those projects can wait till after Easter, when I can tackle them one at a time.

Kitchen/Dining Room:
  • Clean the cobwebs
  • Clean Light fixtures
  • Dust window sills
  • Clean the Window & Sliding Door (Inside & Out)
  • Wipe Fingerprints off Walls
  • Clean Microwave Inside & Out
  • Clean out Refrigerator
  • Clean off outside of Refrigerator
  • Clean off TOP of Refrigerator
  • Clean Oven
  • Clean Stove & Fan/Hood
  • Run Clean Cycle on Coffee Maker
  • Wash Canisters/Knick-Knacks
  • Wash Glasses in Cupboard I didn't get to it, but Tracy did!
  • Clean and straighten cupboards and drawers This will take forever
  • Clean off top (and under ledge) of Dining table and Polish
  • Dust the bottoms of the chairs
  • Scrub Down Cabinet Fronts
  • Dust the baseboards
  • Clean Under Sink
  • Put Away Stray Items
  • Sweep and mop the floor I think I'll do this tomorrow

Living Room:

  • Clean cobwebs
  • Clean Mini Blinds I tried... any suggestions??
  • Dust window sills and front door
  • Clean switch plate of hand prints and walls if needed
  • Clean phone
  • Clean pictures
  • Dust furniture and Mantle
  • Dust baseboards
  • Organize Bookshelves
  • Organize the coat closest After Easter Purging Project
  • Put Away Stray Items A bit of laundry left to put away in the morning
  • Clean Wood stove Hubby & Boys will do this Holy Saturday
  • Vacuum under Couch Cushions
  • Vacuum the floor (including under furniture)
Laundry Room / Bathroom:
  • Put all Purged Items in Car to Donate
  • Put away all Laundry
  • Put Away Stray Items
  • Look behind Appliances for socks, etc.
  • Remove Cobwebs
  • Clean Light Fixtures
  • Clean Window Inside & Out
  • Wipe Down the Top of the Washer and Dryer
  • Clean the Gunk from rim of Washer Door
  • Throw Out Empty Bottles and Trash
  • Burn all Burn Trash
  • Empty the Trash
  • Clean Trash Can
  • Organize Cabinets & Drawers
  • Clean Toilet
  • Clean Shower
  • Wash Shower Door
  • Wash Mirror
  • Clean Counter top
  • Wash Area Rugs
  • Sweep and Mop Floor

Hallway:
  • Remove Cobwebs
  • Put Away Stray Items I don't know WHERE to put them! They will probably end up in my closet... aarrgghh
  • Clean Door Knobs, switch plate and walls of hand prints
  • Dust baseboards & doors
  • Mop Floor Does it really need to be mopped ever? ;)

Master Bedroom:
  • Organize Dresser Drawers
  • Organize Nightstands
  • Organize Bookshelf
  • Anything to donate??
  • Clean Under Bed
  • Put Away Stray Items
  • Wash Mattress Pad, Sheets and Dust Ruffle
  • Make Bed
  • Remove Cobwebs
  • Wash Windows (Inside & Out)
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Dust & Polish Furniture
  • Clean Fingerprints off Door & Walls
  • Vacuum Room Including Under Bed & Closet

Master Bathroom:

  • Remove Any Cobwebs
  • Clean Light fixtures/Light bulbs
  • Wash Area Rugs
  • Clean Bath
  • Clean Shower
  • Remove Water Spots from Shower Door
  • Clean Sink & Toilet
  • Wash Mirrors & Windows (Inside & Out)
  • Clean Candle holders
  • Clean Switch plate
  • Clean Scale
  • Organize Makeup
  • Organize Drawers & Cabinets Another after Easter Purging Project
  • Can anything else be thrown out/donated? GET RID OF IT!! YES!
  • Empty Trashcan
  • Clean Trash Can
  • Wash Floor
My Closet:
  • Too big of a project to accomplish this week
  • Shut door :)

Kids Bathroom:

  • Remove Any Cobwebs
  • Clean Light fixtures/Light bulbs
  • Wash Area Rug
  • Wash Shower Curtain
  • Clean Bath
  • Scrub Bath Toys
  • Clean Sink & Toilet (Including down side)
  • Wash Mirror & Window (Inside & Out)
  • Clean Candle holders
  • Clean Switch plate
  • Straighten Drawers & Cabinets
  • Can anything else be thrown out/donated? GET RID OF IT!!
  • Put Away Stray Items
  • Wash Floor
Need: New Light bulbs above tub, 2 new light bulbs above sink, baseboard installed.


Nursery / Guest Room:
  • Move Guest Bed to Garage in order to create an actual Nursery/Playroom.
  • (Keep or Sell Mattress?) Still not sure? But at least its in the garage now.
  • Put Away all Laundry that has accumulated
  • Organize Changing Table
  • Organize Dresser Drawers
  • What can go????
  • Put Away Stray Items
  • Wash Mattress Pad, Sheets and Dust Ruffle
  • Flip Crib Mattress
  • Remove Cobwebs
  • Wash Window
  • Polish Furniture
  • Vacuum Room

Boy's Bedroom:
  • Organize Dresser Drawers Purging Project
  • Sort Out-Grown Clothing ditto
  • Organize Closet
  • Organize Bookshelf
  • Organize Toys... Anything to donate??
  • Clean Under Beds
  • Put Away Stray Items
  • Wash Mattress Pad, Sheets and Dust Ruffle
  • Flip Mattresses
  • Remove Cobwebs
  • Wash Mini blinds
  • Wash Window (Inside & Out)
  • Dust light fixture
  • Polish Furniture Ran out of Furniture polish... added to shopping list.
  • Clean Fingerprints off Door & Walls
  • Vacuum Room Including Under Bed & Closet


Girl's Bedroom:


** The dresser took the place of the toy box.
  • Organize Dresser Drawers
  • Sort Out-Grown Clothing
  • Organize Closet
  • Organize Bookshelf
  • Organize Toys... Anything to donate??
  • Clean Under Beds
  • Put Away Stray Items
  • Wash Mattress Pad, Sheets and Dust Ruffle
  • Flip Mattresses
  • Remove Cobwebs
  • Wash Mini blinds
  • Wash Window (Inside & Out)
  • Dust light fixture
  • Polish Furniture
  • Clean Fingerprints off Door & Walls
  • Vacuum Room Including Under Bed & Closet


School Room:
  • Remove Cobwebs
  • Wash Window (Inside & Out) & Monitor
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Clear off Desks
  • Throw away all pens that don't work
  • Sharpen Pencils
  • Empty Pencil Sharpener
  • Toss Old Receipts
  • Empty Trash can
  • Clean Trash can
  • Dust Furniture
  • Check Supplies of paper, ink, stamps, cards and envelopes
  • Put Away Stray Items
  • Vacuum under desks and the whole room
I didn't really get to spend much time in here... But, it did get a good cleaning last week when we moved the furniture around and added the bookshelves from the garage. There is just too much stuff still... Time to do it all over again, or like Cheryl said, Lather, Rinse, Repeat!




Front Porch:
  • Sweep down cobweb and spider webs
  • Put Away all Snow Boots
  • Put away all Stray Items
  • Sweep Deck
  • Scrub & Hose off Deck
  • Clean Front Door
It has been raining all week, so I didn't spend hardly any time out side.. The car didn't get done for this same reason.

Car:
  • Clean and Vacuum Car
  • Put Away Stray Items
  • Wash Inside Windows
  • Take all Items to be donated to Saint Vincents

NOTES: Pick up more furniture polish, and light bulbs.


QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

What is the best way to clean metal mini blinds? I wiped them down, but they are still soooo dirty...

Any suggestions for a water spot remover for shower doors? One that actually works! :)


Thank you all for putting up with my cleaning posts... I hope I haven't bored you to death! With all this done however, I am really looking forward to the next few days. Now, I just need a good nights sleep! Good night, God Bless!

12 comments:

  1. Wow! You got a lot done! I didn't even attempt it this year. I know I can't spring clean my whole house in 3 days while pregnant. But I'll start picking at it, now that it's officially spring.

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  2. As a military mom, I have to clean our blinds every time we move out of military housing. I put an old towel in the tub (so it doesn't scratch the surface), then fill with a few inches of water. For a cleaner, I use anything I have extra of such as Mr. Clean or something even cheaper. Lay your blinds down and this way you can scrub/wipe them, or just rinse them. Then I hang them up on the window and wipe with a cloth so that they don't streak. This will get the windows dirty so I always wash the blinds before the windows. For my shower tile, I use Simple Green which smells terribly but I think it would clean ANYTHING!

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  3. I bow in your general direction.

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  4. I agree with Meg. I bow in your direction. I believe I've broken out in a lather JUST reading your list of accomplishments, let alone doing any of them. You are an inspiration. Gotta go. I see some cobwebs.

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  5. I tried to make the post with all the strikes last night and failed, lol. So I deleted it. I have to try again.
    You got a lot done! I had the dame problem with the blinds! I tried them in my room and it was difficult so I gave up on the others... thought about one of those fancy dusters.
    I ran out of furniture polish and light blubs too! LOL
    I also forgot to buy those kiddie protector plugs, so I still need to get those.
    I don't know about you, but I am ready to get back to "normal" life!

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  6. Same, not dame... I wasn't cussing!!! LOL

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  7. I'm the same way Cheryl! In fact, I can't even clean when I am pregnant. Hubby has to do the bathrooms, since the cleaners make me sick. :) So, this spring I am not pregnant, and it really needed to be done.

    Thank you Tasha! I will run into a problem since the blinds in many cases are longer than the tub... Plus I have never taken them down, but I think I will give it a try, at least with the smaller windows first.

    Meg, you are hilarious. My house is still far from perfect, and getting dirty as a type! It doesn't stay clean for long with all these little ones.

    OH! I should probably add a few more kiddie protector plugs to my list too, now that Snuggles will be crawling soon. And YES, I am so ready to be back to "normal" life. And... I knew what you meant, lol!

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  8. You are my hero! What an awesome job. The pictures look so beautuful and tidy. I think you inspired me to tackle my spring cleaning. I hope to get started in the next few weeks. I am still drowning in my laundry!

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  9. now i feel really pathetic. i think i'll go lay down to make myself feel better. sure hope i don't trip over all the things on the floor.

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  10. You've gotten a lot done!

    For cleaning blinds (well, for dusting at least) I have one of these:
    http://www.amazon.com/Cleaner-Brush-for-Blinds-Shutters/dp/B000HM9GD8

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  11. Thanks Annette! I'm going to pick one of those up!!

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  12. Wow, even if you didn't get all of your cleaning done you did a great job!!!

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