It’s Monday! That Means Cleaning!


First of all, I am extremely proud that after a week, my desk still looks like this:

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(Which may still look cluttered to some, but remember where we started last week…)

Now, to tackle the Down Below:

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Would you believe I hauled out several bags of trash yesterday? Yeah…neither would I. But I did!

I still haven’t gotten back to the principles of Marie Kondo yet, but I just need a bit of a refresher. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up really did open my eyes to a lot of things. The problem was that I quit in the middle. I believe in her methods enough that I immediately bought Spark Joy when I finished the first one–maybe even before I finished the first one–and pre-ordered Joy at Work as soon as it was available. (Now I just have to make time to read it!)

Of course, if I followed her steps in order, I would still be working in the library right now, and that is not the area I need to focus on at the moment, so I am going to try and apply the principles to the chaos under my desk but not the structure. We’ll see if it works.

I need something to help me focus. Last week it was American Horror StoryΒ as I was gearing up for the RIEVIEW last Friday. Now I need something new. Sure enough, YouTube came through–with several Cleaning Marathon lists like thisΒ one. Or here’s another I thinkΒ  I may like better.

Yeah, that one was better…but this is more my style…though it starts a bit slow for cleaning. It’s cool for sorting through trash though. I may have to buy the CDs after payday…splurged a little TOO much for my birthday on games.

 

Time Passing

(time passed…)

 

Well, I ALMOST made it through the whole soundtrack. And it was from both movies…so I feel good about it. I had to remind myself that I can’t sit on the floor or kneel under the desk as long as I used to before I got old.

Two and a half bags of trash later, this is what I’ve got so far–and the things that found temporary homes on my desk during the sorting didn’t stay there. So, win-win…if tiny.

I may do more later, but I also have a lot of editing to do, so we will see…

Here’s the clean:

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For now, at least. Maybe I’ll do some more after lunch…and some Tylenol. πŸ˜‰

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And…Here We Go Again


You may have noticed that the last entry was dated last February. Things stalled out in the library, and haven’t gotten any further since, but I have a new schedule, and I just paid to update this website too, so that’s a lot of incentive. I am going to start a weekly rotation and today is Here’s The Clean’s turn.

I am the first to admit that I am the Queen of Procrastination. If it doesn’t have to be done today, I’ll do it tomorrow. Which is why I haven’t done my taxes yet for the year. And, therefore, why I am starting this time cleaning up with the desk I do most of my work on. (Not my office where I am supposed to write, but my gaming desk where I have started doing everything. My office is a WHOLE ‘nother project.)

Here is what I am starting with:

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Yikes, right?

I am working through the desktop today. Keeping small goals makes them more likely to happen. I have started with a communications center:

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Putting it up allowed me to clear off the notes on my computer case.

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Looks neater already.

Another thing I did was take the jar I had been keeping coins in and replace it with a smaller bank that will use less real estate but remind me of last summer’s trip instead.

Speaking of coins…you know that old adage about cleaning old coins with vinegar? Well, I found a double handful of coins in the old car we were donating to make room for the new car my husband got me for my birthday. And they were sticky and nasty, so I decided to try that. I wish I had read this forum first. Apparently, overnight is not a good idea. It did make for some interesting results:

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This wasn’t at all what I expected. But it WAS interesting. I’ll never do that again. Maybe if it comes up again, I’ll try the Coke method

Now, back to cleaning.

Several hours later, and a full trash bag from the desk and floor under it, and not quite nearly done. But, it is almost 7:00 pm, and I’ve been at it most of the day. Now it is time for my husband. πŸ˜‰

Here’s the final shots of what I finished. I decided the part that isn’t done is just too depressing to share…lol.

I may sneak in a bit here and there while working on other stuff the rest of the week. If so, I’ll update it Monday. If not, guess what we’ll be finishing next week? πŸ˜€

It doesn’t look like that much, but it really is a big difference.

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Remember, the whole point of this blog is I am a slob trying to get better…that bowl of candy used to be a bottlecap collection for instance…

One step at a time!

EDIT:

I kept fiddling while we were playing Factorio, so I got to where I am (mostly) happy. There are a couple of piles to sort, but they are minimal:

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Tidying Up


Unless you live under a rock, you have heard of Marie Kondo and her KonMari method. The link is for those who are rock dwellers. πŸ˜‰ I also recommend the Netflix show, Tidying Up.

I don’t know what it is about this diminutive woman, but from the moment I started reading her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I was hooked. And things finally clicked for me. If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know how I have struggled–good days and bad days; method after method; good intentions but few results. This time…I have optimistic hope I may finally get something done!

Let’s start with CLOTHES, as Marie suggests. Here is my before pile (on the second day–I forgot a picture the first day) and after pictures of my newly arranges closet, neatly folded drawers, and boxes out for the donation truck:

 

 

Absolutely no regrets.

Second is BOOKS. Well, that’s been harder, simply because they are EVERYWHERE, and I’m still trying to collect them all into the library…but I have already culled two and a half boxes in the process. Here’s some early shots. Will add more when I get the rest of the books into the room…:

 

There are MANY more piles now! But gradually all the books are getting into the room. And this was really the “click” point for me. When I realized that moving the majority of my reference books, and autographed books, and pirate books, and Titanic books out of my office would give me room for bulletin boards and white boards, and other things that would really help more with my writing. I am still keeping my Conn-Mann references in the office, for the most part, but all the rest are making their way downstairs, and freeing up WALL SPACE!

So, I will try to keep you updated again. To add these pictures, I had to remove many from 2012, so the oldest posts will have broken links. Sorry about that, but I can’t justify making this one premium as seldom as I update it…but who knows…that may change. πŸ˜‰

Back to work now. πŸ™‚

 

 

 

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In a Rather Anti-Climactic Moment…


It appears that everything is still here with a different URL after letting the premium lapse. So, I will be getting back to things next week. This week Allergies are winning our cage match.

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It’s Been a Good–Well Decent–Well Lackluster Run


I have made the decision to let this domain expire. It’s a hundred dollars a year, and way under utilized. I have archived all the important pages, and I have blurbs of the blog posts, but I will not be re-newing it.

INSTEAD, I will be restarting in the New Year as a free WordPress Blog. Not all the bells and whistles, but the continuing saga will reoccur.

And, looking at the early days has inspired me. The song titles, the game charts…I think I can re-invigorate myself if I go back to the beginning. Sorry to lose you, my dear followers, and if you want to re-follow after the New Year, I will tweet out new blog info when I have it. If you aren’t following me on twitter (@RieSheridanRose) or Facebook, send a friend request and we can fix that.

It’s just an expense I can remove from the picture, and that is cleaning in itself, isn’t it? πŸ˜‰

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We Are Trying Again


I should be currently writing my NaNoWriMo words for today, but since it is the day I am supposed to post on this blog, and since I actually HAVE been ramping back up on the cleaning, I am posting here instead.

I couldn’t have gotten the motivation to start again without the help of a friend. She really got me moving in the right direction. I’ll share a couple of pictures from Monday’s session. At the beginning of the day…well, part way through:

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And this was after we started…that clear space on the corner…wasn’t there when we began.

But when we stopped for the day, we had this:

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Not done, but a long way forward.

I did a bit more this morning, and bought cleaning supplies to do more. We have another session scheduled for Friday, and I will be sure to take more pictures. We will keep going, and hopefully this time it will stick.

Thanks, Teresa!

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Better than Nothing


I’ve been neglecting this blog shamefully, I know. But today I am getting back to things a little. A very little.

It was better than nothing.

Today, I was really busy working on a project that needed to be finished ASAP. So, my cleaning was relegated to the DVR.

Some of the shows we record are for both of us, but others are just mine. Today, I tried to clear off all the ones that were mine.

This is what I started the day with:

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The Castles were all reruns we have seen, so that was an easy clear. The Bates Motel stuff was only a recap of the series to date and a preview of the next episode, so those were quick. I had started Grimm on Friday, so I got rid of that fairly easily. Then, I watched Once Upon a Time.

I could have finished all the things that were mine — Damien, and Better Call Saul — but instead, I turned off the TV to concentrate on finishing the project. This was what was left when Newell got home:

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We’re watching Limitless now, because it is one of our favorites. And tomorrow…is another full DVR day. πŸ˜‰

At least I finished my writing project. πŸ™‚

 

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Counter Intelligence: Cleaning the Kitchen


Today, we are going to tackle the rest of the kitchen. It’s light duty compared to some of the work that needs to be done around here, but it’s what I feel up to today.

Allergies suck!

Plus, I have vowed to attempt leaving the Diet Dr. Pepper in the grocery store and only drinking it outside the house… Luckily, I found a tasty caffeine substitute, so no withdrawal headache this morning:

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Actually quite tasty.

First order of business, empty the trash. Then we tackle this counter:

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Okay, I emptied the dish washer first, and refilled it. Can you tell I really don’t want to tackle that counter?

For one thing, I don’t really know what to do with everything. Some of it is easy, of course — the Angry Orchard box is empty and doesn’t need to be kept…especially on the counter. Broken down and in the recycle box!

The collected potato chip Β bags are for the birds. I have been saving them, but saving them without actually putting them out for the birds doesn’t do any good.

Chips crunched and spread on the back lawn. Bags put directly into the outside trashcan.

Crackers were also saved for birds, but there are enough crumbs outside now, and they expired years ago. Trash it is!

Several things left on the counter are drink mixes. The cabinet above the counter has several drink mixes, and I thought that was a good place for them at the time. Now, I am not sure, but that isn’t part of what needs to be done today. You have to set specific goals for the day, otherwise, you will keep jumping from job to job and nothing gets finished. For today, I will put the drinks with the others until I decide if I want to move them all.

I had put the tool caddy over on that counter because Newell’s pills were next to the stove. This makes it harder to cook — the few times I do that — so I think I will switch them back. Having the pills on that counter where he gets his tea ready in the morning makes some sense. And storing them neatly in a box means that they can be put away easily if we ever decide to allow people into the house again…

The cleaning makes that a dim possibility. πŸ˜‰

So, here’s the finished counter:

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And the counter beside the stove where the pills lived:

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Three counters down. One major counter to go. Today, I think I am done.

Till next week…keep it clean!

 

EDIT: Ok, after lunch, a little more energy. Decided to keep going a bit. I really did want to get all the counters cleared today.

On Newell’s suggestion, I moved his daily use teapot to the counter in place of the coffeepot I seldom use. When I need coffee, I can just pull it out of the cabinet, and put it back when I am done.

So, the last bastion of counter clutter:

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We will get to the stuff on the floor if we still have the energy.

Took the seed block I’d also bought for the birds and put it in the feeder. Now there are a lot of things on the counter that better belong in the pantry. So, off they go.

Starting to see improvement. Pause to put in a load of laundry — sometimes mulit-tasking is inevitable…

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I love the Angry Orchard trees — but why keep the empty bottles when a photograph will do? Bottles in the recycling bin.

Still some things to decide about the stuff left on the counter, but it looks SO much better, don’t you think? πŸ™‚

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Well, not the photograph, but the tablet is heavy!

Still, the kitchen doesn’t look too bad. Except for the floor, which really needs a mop.

This time, I really am done for the day. Except for the laundry, which is ongoing…

Keep it clean!

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Some days are like this…


You just don’t feel up to large cleaning projects…or much of anything else. So…it is a good thing that I did a couple of extra projects last week that I can talk about today. πŸ˜‰

As a continuation of the resolution to clear out the old and organize the new, I was determined to take care of the counter top in the master bathroom. Here’s what I started with:

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For some reason, the mail-order pharmacy we use just keeps sending pills that often aren’t close to empty before the next batch comes. I don’t know why that is. But it had led to a few completely outdated bottles that I tossed. And then I organized the rest of them…on MY half of the counter, at least…

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Managed to keep it this way over a week now. That’s impressive for me. πŸ˜‰

And then there was the “make-up” drawer:

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I last wore make-up in about 2008. So nothing in that drawer that was of that ilk was safe to use, even if I decided to start being America’s Next Top Model tomorrow.

This looks much better:

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All the make up tossed. And the drawer put to a more practical use–first aid and the hair dryer.

Still a long way to go in organizing the house, but working hard to keep everything done so far straightened up.

Our subreddit RedditDayOfΒ recently had a “Cleaning Tips” day, and I got some great tips. So, here are a couple that I am passing along to you. πŸ™‚

Clean My Space is a YouTube channel with video hints and tips.

55 Must Read Cleaning Tips and Tricks is a list with links to a lot of good cleaning information.

And UFYH is a tip site with a naughty name, but a lot of good advice. They even have an app for that!

That’s it for today. Sorry to be so slim on the actual content, but at least it is something. πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

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And Now, We Freeze…


So, as promised last week, we are tackling the freezer side of the problem today. Well, actually, it was Monday that I needed to clear out the freezer to go to the grocery store, so I took some pictures and saved them for you.

Let’s get started.

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I actually forgot to take a shot before I started, so this is after I had finished the door.

As you can see, the freezer is a mess. Disorganized, in need of scrubbing, and full of outdated food.

I threw out everything past its expiration date…

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And that was only the first bag…

Once everything was cleared out, it was time to scrub things down. We went from this:

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To this:

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Yes, there is still a bit of gunk around the edges, but getting it that far wasn’t easy.

TIP: Get the gunk wet with the sponge and let it sit for a minute or so. Much easier to wipe out that way.

So, here is the final result:

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Before the grocery store, that is. Everything remaining is under the expiration date (and those dates are facing outward for easier visibility.)

I have all my “meat things” on their own shelf, so my vegetarian husband won’t accidentally grab one of them.

And there is room for the vents to work correctly.

Here is the after the grocery store pic:

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As you can see, still work to do in the kitchen, but the refrigerator is now clean and full of healthy food.

Here’s hoping we can keep it that way!

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