Monday, February 19, 2007

Digging a hole

Thanks to Swistle for her post about housekeeping: Swistle: Housecleaning. I have started trying to "dig out" of my housekeeping mess. My house is semi-clean. I keep up with dishes, laundry, vacuuming, and a few other things. But as far as the deep-cleaning chores. I loathe them. Of course when they are done, I feel a sense of accomplishment and love sitting in a clean house.

So, today I figured why not start now. I do have a small sense of urgency, because we have people coming over in less than 2 weeks for Zachariah's first birthday party. The dog is at the groomer's today, and the kid seems to be sleeping forever long today. What a great time to start. I scrubbed a few of the kitchen walls. This is something that not many people would even notice, but it has dog food speckled on it. The dog seems to always manage to ruin my clean things. It looks so much better now that it's dog food free, though. Then I decided to clean the kitchen appliances. I started by scrubbing the stove/oven. Wow, was it dirty. I cleaned the sides and top, then figured why stop there. So, I pulled it away from the wall and vacuumed behind it and washed the wall behind and around it. What a huge difference (to me anyway). Then I washed the front of the fridge. I have more work to do there (but why do it all in one day). I still need to clean out the inside of the fridge and clean that. I fear that there are left-overs that might bite me when I open the container. It's a big job, but I will get it done!

Then I feel like maybe I'm starting more than I'll be able to finish. Instead of digging out, maybe I'm just digging a hole. I do feel better about it for now. I'm patting myself on the back, and rewarding myself with chocolate as I write this blog. I even managed to work up a sweat while I was on my hands and knees scrubbing away. I got thinking about that, this would be a great way to lose weight. Plus my house would look wonderful if I could get this much done, even twice a day while Zachariah is napping. I'll report back with my progress. Happy cleaning, everyone.


desperate housewife said...

Ha! I always end up feeling like things are worse than when I started when I begin a cleaning project. I think it's because when it's all semi-clean, it's tolerable. But then you start to scrub and realize how dirty stuff is underneath the surface, and it makes you feel a little crazy that you can't get to it all right this second!

Black Sheeped said...

I saw on a comment on desperate housewife's last post that you are dealing with muddy footprints on carpet. Last year I bought a handheld Bissell carpet cleaner (it looks like a glorified dustbuster) and it has CHANGED MY LIFE. Or at least. The carpet's life. It's super easy to use and takes care of all dog-related carpet incidents (in our house, this means puke and mud). It's like magic.

I love it so much I had to share. :)

Lisa said...

Man, I feel you on the dog food and dog thing. I can never seem to feel like my house is clean because of my dog. There is always hair somewhere or food or slobber remains. man, I love that dog but after he is gone. NO MORE PETS. I just love my clean house more. I feel your pain as we have a bday party this weekend.