I’m sure I’m not alone in the “Wow, the holidays were crazy and my house has been a mess ever since!” category, right? At least I hope not!
Pre-holiday madness + post-holiday madness + I just want to relax = A messy house. For the last month (or more) I’ve been seriously slacking off. But today, with a helpful reminder from UfYH, I decided to do something about it.
I started with the guest room. That poor little room, crammed full of stuff, mostly empty boxes. It was so packed my brother had to stay with my parents over the holidays, and he always stays with me. Sorry, bro. The dining room still had a lot of collateral damage as well, so I took care of that too.
Obligatory cat pic: Wait, you’re recycling these? I haven’t even climbed in them yet!
After about three 20/10s (did some work in the kitchen and living room as well) I managed to de-clutter these two rooms.
Yay for getting back on track! It feels good, you guys should totally try it.
One of the challenges at Unfuck Your Habitat recently was to clear out a “hidden” corner. The one that you walk past because it’s become part of the landscape. One of those in our house is the wall in our computer room. It was also directly across from the area where the kids’ computer has been sitting unhooked for probably over a year now, with us telling them frequently that we were going to get that desk cleared and the computer set back up.
Today I tackled it:
Hidden Corner Before
Hidden Corner after:
Computer desk Before:
Computer Desk After:
I don’t know exactly how long it took me. The goal was to get the computer up and running, so I didn’t time it. The kids were very excited when they realized what i was doing.
Today, I cleaned my room in under an hour.
I really pride myself in my ability to acquire so many knick-knacks and little special momentos and make them all look like they belong. We’re moving this year, and I’m at college, so I won’t really get to enjoy my room for much longer. But atleast this will make my last week here before I leave for school again well worth it.
Me: Did you see how beautiful and sparkling clean the bathroom is?
Me: Well, that is how it SHOULD look when clean. Sparkling! Pristine!
Sister: Ok… I’ll take a mental picture when I go upstairs
Me: I took actual pictures.
This is my first before/after post. This is the bathroom I share with my sister. So it doesn’t stay clean because she forgets to clean it when she is expected to, then I reach my grossness limit and do it myself. I’ve never shared cleaning progress in my room because I rarely get it to look like I think an after picture should. I think I am overly ambitious, and my room is overly cluttered. Also I forget to take before pictures and would hate to show the world afters when they’re still pretty cluttered. But the bathroom is easy! I can do the whole thing in 15 minutes! AND YOU CAN TELL IT IS CLEAN!
So, before pictures. Here’s the sink, gross!
Toothpaste ick on faucet, idk what you call the scuzzy brown water stuff all along the back, and little black spots (lord help me it is probably death mold) starting to form on the drain.
also dirty washcloths (got Sister to remove a pile of what I think was 10 or so of them a few days ago) and dusty counter top. How one side gets slimy while the other gets dusty is that the house has a gentle slope to the back.
And then after photos! Here we have the sink, sparkling!
No slimy bits! No death mold! SHINY FAUCET!
I would also show you the pretty clean mirror above, but camera angles/flash make that impractical.
Because of the shape and size of the bathroom, you’ll have to trust me that the rest is cleaner now than before; the pictures fail to demonstrate the difference, with the exception of the window in the shower, which was growing some kind of horrible bacterial growth along the bottom edge, right where you are supposed to push down to close it. Yuck.
Also old razors. Here’s some close up yuck:
More close up yuck:
This was the part that skeeved me out the most. The slime bacteria growth what-have-you is pink. PINK.
Clean! Sparkling! Not quite but close to pristine!
See how much better that looks?!?!
I’ve been not thinking about this kitchen for nearly a year. purposefully avoiding the thought of it, pretending I didn’t see the mess when I had to go in it, not allowing anyone into the room… for EIGHT OR NINE MONTHS NOW.
not anymore. now… it’s clean! it’s fucking clean! every fucking dish is clean! I planned a longer post with more feelings, but I have so many beautiful pictures and I’m just fucking emotionally exhausted after the work of cleaning something I had been avoiding for almost a year. so sit back & enjoy the pictures!
BEFORE & AFTER!
THE KITCHEN - BEFORE
THE KITCHEN - AFTER
THE SINK - BEFORE
THE SINK - AFTER
THE COUNTER - BEFORE
THE COUNTER - AFTER (I’m obsessed with Woodchuck Hard Cider)
THE FLOOR - BEFORE
THE FLOOR - AFTER
THE FRIDGE - BEFORE
THE FRIDGE - AFTER (yes, it’s empty now… there was no cooking in a kitchen this disgusting)
THE PROCESS - MID-WASHING. I think I can, I think I can!
DRAIN STOPPER BROKE… SO I BOUGHT THAT BITCH A NEW ONE. BITCHES LOVE DRAIN STOPPERS. (yes… I CUT the rubber stopper out of the drain.)
BONUS PICTURES - PLATES & BOWLS. I get to eat off these now.
BONUS PICTURES - GLASSES & MUGS. and beer steins for boyfriend’s beer.
BONUS PICTURES - SILVERWARE. it is shiny. it is in a drawer. also I have a fucking ice cream scoop, can opener, and an apple slicer! who knew?
BONUS PICTURES - JONI ON THE FRIGIDAIRE. jus cause she’s gawjus
AWWWWW HELL YEAH!!!!!
I’m not a tidy person, really. Even though I love to make lists and I love having deadlines and stuff like that, I am abysmally untidy. Not disorganised, necessarily - I know where everything is! - but my organisation tends to involve having things in piles. Since moving from an entire flat into the (admittedly very large) upstairs bedroom of my grandmother’s house (hurray for being poor!), it’s been even worse as I have a lot of stuff to cram into a small space.
Today I decided that, fuck it, I was going to tidy up a bit.
Clothes get piled everywhere. Mugs get collected. Bits of paper and notebooks accumulate and breed. Books… well, I don’t have bookshelves to I have makeshift ones. They’re staying.
A tidy table area! I can put my laptop on it! (Still need to clean the fishtank.)
My bed is made!
A tidy bedside table! A made-up guest bed!
A clear floor, so I can see the Ugliest Rug In The World! I need to hoover the carpet but the hoover is broken so… yeah. I’ll borrow one.
LOOK AT HOW PRODUCTIVE I HAVE BEEN!
Thanks to a lovely Christmas Day migraine I didn’t get as much cleaning up done as I wanted to yesterday, but thanks to UFYH I knew that it wouldn’t take much to get it back under control. I used the 13 minutes while the kids’ lunch was in the oven to transform this:
It’s so much easier to do it in short bursts regularly than to let it pile up and try to do marathon sessions. One more 20/10 and my living room will be in order again. The Christmas tree comes down this weekend, and then everything will be back to its new, neater normal.
I unfucked my stove. It went from this:
in the course of an hour and half. It took a lot of scrubbing, a magic eraser and some bar keeper’s friend. Much better.