What did you do this weekend? seems to be the burning question on everyone’s lips come Monday morning. Usually I try to have something interesting to say, like maybe we saw a movie or went to dinner, went out with friends, went shopping, or away for the weekend. But this weekend, some unknown creature took over my body and before I knew it, it was Monday morning and I didn’t have anything to show for my weekend.
Except a really, really clean house.
When I got off work on Friday, Michael & I began to formulate a plan of action (over Mexican food). We’ll call this plan Operation Sell This House. After a trip to our local Home Depot, we were armed & ready for action. The rest of the weekend was spent with me tackling our house & him tackling our yard, stopping only for Chinese take-out & the occasional “How’s it going?” or “It’s looking good!”
Saturday was spent going through each room in an attempt to purge my house (and my life) of anything unnecessary (one of my 95 in 1095). I made a lot of progress, with only my bedroom & office left to go. I have a pile in my dining room of “Stuff to Giveaway,” so if any of you are looking for some random odds-and-ends, feel free to stop on by & rummage, I probably have just what you’re looking for.
I look exactly like this when I clean, right down to the spiky heels, pearls, & red lipstick. Try not to be envious of how put-together I am.
My friend Corlene helped me on Sunday to tackle the cleaning portion, and all I have to say is SHE IS A TRUE FRIEND. When a friend comes over & is all, “Hand me a mop,” you know that person will be your friend forever. We cleaned & cleaned & cleaned some more, & at the end, I stood back, looked at my house and thought, “It will be a lucky person who moves into our adorable little home.” Seriously, my floors are so clean I’m thinking about using my kitchen tile as a serving platter for our next dinner party. I LOVE a clean house, there is something so refreshing & pure about the openness & airiness of everything. And I swear, there is something downright emotionally cleansing about getting rid of old stuff by the boxful.
Okay, maybe not that clean.
I still have a long to-do list, which I’m hoping to accomplish a large chunk of next weekend; we’d really like to list our house no later than April 1st. Michael has now been accepted to 4 schools, so for the next couple of weeks we’ll also be playing the Make A List Of The Pros & Cons game, which is exciting & scary all wrapped into one.
Housewife Note: Real Simple is my favorite magazine, & I had read an article from the February issue about Speed Cleaning Your Bathroom In 10 Minutes. Since cleaning my bathroom is probably the most hated thing in my life, I gobbled up the instructions & quickly purchased everything needed. My conclusion: It only works for those people who actually clean their bathroom once a week. (Who are you people? Also, I hate you.) The Alka-Seltzer was sort of a joke for a cleaner, but it might be nice as a bowl freshener. I couldn’t find a Method microfiber cloth, so I bought a knock-off one & I could tell it was a poor version, so that might’ve made a huge difference. However, I did discover that I ADORE Clorox disinfecting wipes. I mean, it’s like cleaning everything with a baby wipe, how much simpler can it get? They’re great for tiny bathrooms with tile floors when it’s not really worth busting out the mop, & don’t even get me started about how wonderful it is not to have a load of rags & towels to wash after cleaning. I don’t know how I ever lived without them.
All of that being said, I feel a little disconnected right now, since weekends are usually my time to catch up on blogging & emails; still, I know that in the end, when we’re listing our house & able to really enjoy our last free summer for a couple of years, it will all be worth it.
What are some of your favorite cleaning products/methods? Inquiring minds want to know!