I am really feeling my knee today as I hobble around cleaning, so I decided to sit down, grab a cup of coffee (with sugar, a Rolo and milk!!) and tell you how I’ve been doing these first 5 days of Marathon Cleaning – 30 items 30 days.
Day 1, Monday, was spent just trying to catch up! After I dropped the boys off to school, I came home and started on the laundry, loaded the dishwasher, emptied all the trash cans in the house, swept/mopped/vacuumed, et al. I made a meal plan for the week and went grocery shopping. I may or may not have forgotten how to cook “from scratch”, as the laziness I have been in has resulted in lots of frozen or boxed quick meals :( I felt quite accomplished at the end of the day!!
Day 2. I took a tour of my “office”. I use that term loosely, as I haven’t actually worked in there in years. It has become a catch all for nearly everything, and boy does it show!! I went through “stuff” for seemingly hours, but it was quite a bit of simply putting things away, rather than throwing them away. This room also serves as the catch-all for my running stuffs, so I went through the mass of bags, socks, headbands, shoes et al. The Mr. has asked me not to buy any more shoes, since I am currently off of the rotation all together. I agreed. At least while I recover these few weeks. (At least I hope it’s only a few weeks!!!)
Day 3. I tackled the master bathroom. GAH!! I called on all of the magical cleaning formulas I could find to eat through some of the scum in the tub that has built up. Does Epsom salt build up?? I cleaned under the sink and got rid of lots of half used items ie., soaps that only had a few drops left. Why do I hang onto these things en masse!?!? I worked in the boys closet. (These kids have more clothes than I) and FINALLY cleaned the mudroom; putting away the winter coats from last year. Yes! I know winter will be back in a few short weeks, but hey! I did it!!
Day 4. Spent some time outside with the boys after school putting away the outside (broken) sand toys, trucks, shovels, pool toys that the dog buried, etc. Earlier in the day I cleared ALL of the kitchen counters, crushed ALL of the cans, and spot cleaned puppy pee pee on the carpets.
Day 5. Today. I went downstairs to get the Halloween decorations. No kidding! One week to go and I am finally get around to it. I know. I tried to warn you things are out of hand. Anyway, I got them out. And there they sit. In the dining area. On the table away from the teething puppy. I went through the magazines, and I once again realize, that I am not a magazine reader, and subscribing to my nieces fund raisers each year is not helping me out at all… I worked on a dresser drawer in the boys room. Baby steps, and clipped and counted Box Tops 4 education.
Whew! 150 items out in 5 days! It feels good to be catching up on some of the things I should have been doing all along, but put off to train instead. The Mr. is loving these days as he comes home and can see some progress being made. But he knows it is short lived, and as soon as I am cleared to run, the house will be forgotten about once again ;)