So I have been dealing with things the past 6 months or so that have left me as a less than wonderful housekeeper. The reasons don’t matter, but the result is that parts of my apartment are just… nasty. There’s no other word for it. I keep the living room pretty clean because I have friends that drop by on occasion but the kitchen, my bedroom and the bathroom counter are just…. bad.
And yesterday I decided to start doing something about it. I am embarassed and a little ashamed to post these pics, but I hope that if I do — One, it will keep me motivated and honest about making a change, and Two, maybe someone on my dash will see them and seeing them will lessen their own shame/embarassment that might be keeping them in statis like I was.
Anyways, the first area I decided to attack was my bathroom counter because it taunts me every time I go in there. I can’t stand a dirty tub or toilet, it’s just a thing with me, so really other than picking up some clothes off the floor and taking the trash out, the counter was my biggest nemesis. I can say with absolute certainty that the last time I cleaned it was in Ocotober of last year right before I had a friend come for an extended visit. Yeah, I know, trust me, I know.
Here is the before *cringes*
The mess in the upper right is a huge pile of makeup, jewelry and whatever crap I had in my hands and decided to put there “for just a minute.”
I did one 20/10 yesterday and then got called away, so I finished up today with another 20/10 and this is the result:
Most of the mail/receipts/movie tickets/random paper crap that had accumulated got thrown away, whatever I needed to keep was filed or put with the other bills to pay on my computer desk. The random hairspray/Tend Skin/Tums were all returned to their appropriate places and I scrubbed down the counter and sink and wiped up all the tiny hairs from the last time I trimmed my bangs.
I hit Walmart last night for some supplies and grabbed a “train” set organizer which was 3 smaller bags inside a larger clear plastic train style makeup case. The rectangular animal print bag on the right now holds the make up and brushes I use every day.
The brushes you see on the sink in the overall shot were washed and are drying out, and when they are dry will go back into the brush bag which tucks nicely in with the makeup. The rest of my makeup (mostly more eyeshadows, glitters, colored mascara, and lipsticks than I probably need) is in the clear plastic train case and stored in the cabinet under the sink so I can get to it instantly if I want/need more dramatic makeup.
The jumble of jewelry got untangled and sorted into the remaining two bags from the set, and I put all my earrings in a clear zipped bag so I can easily see and grab what I need. I might look into a proper earring tree or case later, but for now this works for me. The two animal print bags hold my bracelets (yes, both bags… apparently I have a bracelet thing) and the velvet bag against the wall holds my rings.
I took out the garbage (one large bag) and Swiffered the hair up off the floor, the dirty clothes and the towels are currently in the washing machine. And I can’t even tell you how much I feel just having cleaned off a counter. I know it’s going to be a long process, but if I can break it down like this? I think I just might make it.
So yeah, thank you UFYH!