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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - The Clean House Version!

Week 74 ~ My #26

1. I took these 4 extra days off werk as holidaze because (a) I needed a long break and (b) I had a ton of stuff to do around the house that just never gets done in the 'normal' working week.

2. Seems like kind of a waste of holidays, but on the other hand, it is worth it for me as I feel better that things are getting under control on the homefront and that is peace of mind that you can't get by going off on a vacation somewhere.

3. Here's what I accomplished so far: kitchen deep down cleaning including inside all cupboards, behind fridge, throwing out / donating things I no longer use; basement (putting everything in place and cleaning / purging after the flood of 2006.

4. Oh.my.dog ... I can't believe I wrote this post on September 14 about everything that I needed to do and I'm still not done yet.

5. Here's still what is on the list to get done: Bedroom deep clean, including ensuite bathroom cupboards and drawers and clothes closet, mud/laundry room/front hall closet, finish putting my Mum's things away (I'm halfway there), clean window blinds (this may have to take place over a few weekends ~ anyone have any good tips on the way that they clean these?).

6. I did a major reorganization of my kitchen countertops and cupboards. I thought 'outside the box' and moved things from one cupboard to another. Just because they've been in that cupboard for 15 years, doesn't mean they have to stay there! hee hee

I uncluttered my countertops, removed jars, canisters etc. that were contributing to that cluttered feeling and made room for them in the pantry cupboard. I don't feel that I have enough counter space as it is, and this stuff was adding to this feeling. I'm thinking that the new uncluttered look will help everyone to keep it looking clean and not let things pile up in the kitchen that shouldn't be there.

7. Those magic pads, you know the white ones, are awesome!!! I must have gone through about 6 so far this week. They are great for cleaning walls and trim. (How come I'm the only one that notices the finger marks on the walls and doorways??)

8. Batgirl helped me by cleaning out all the kitchen drawers and organizing everything nicely. She also helped in the basement.

9. Of course, while doing this the list of things that need to be fixed has grown, discovered as I work the rooms. Pool Boy is going to be busy!

10. I will take my Christmas decorations down this weekend. I'm still enjoying them in the evening. I still have to take a picture of my new little pink Christmas tree. I've delayed because I still have some ornaments to hang and I don't have any hooks. It seems like all the stores I went to, even before Christmas were already sold out.

11. Here's a picture of me Mistletoad I already posted about instead. Isn't he precious?

  1. 12. Here's a picture of our outdoor lights, taken from my bedroom window. Pool Boy already took down the blow up snowmen when I took this picture. Still a bit of snow left but it's been disappearing from the small dump we had after Christmas.

13. Back to werk on Monday Jan 8th. I'm grateful that I had the holidays available and was able to take them at this time.


TT header by Goofy Girl


mist1 said...

Oh, I have so much to do around here. I can't say that I thank you for the reminder.

Anonymous said...

Mistletoad! I love that!

My TT is up, http://scenicroutetojoy.blogspot.com/2007/01/thursday-thirteen-2.html

Anonymous said...

there is too much cleaning on this list!
happy thrusday.
my tt is up.

Anonymous said...

Oi, I also have to do so much cleaning in my house, it's an absolute mess. Tomorrow I have some friends dropping of a cupboard they no longer want...and I'm starting to panic about the clutter everywhere...
Well, good luck with everything, and happy TT!

Sanni said...

When you are finished, please don´t hestitate to clean up at my place =)

Happy New Year from Germany,


P.S.: Please visit my TT - Thanks a lot =)

Raggedy said...

You put a lot on your plate!
Wow that is a lot to do!
Great list!
Have a wonderful Thursday!
My TT is posted

Justin said...

Happy New Year!!
Hey, I have a great news forr lovely Doodle! I have arranged for a Dog Of The Week Contest! in my blog. you can send in your entries to me via email.plz check my blog for more details..

Thank you
take care.

Anonymous said...

Goodness, you've been busy!! My TT is up too!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you've accomplished a lot during your holidays! Good luck with everything else on your list!

That Mistletoad is great! Awesome! :)

Happy TT. :)

Debbie said...

I like the Mistletoad! And my you have been busy! Bet it feels good to start the new year off with a clean house! Great list but take a rest!

I played today! Have a wonderful Thursday!

Carmen said...

glad you got some of your stuff done. I took down my decorations on Monday and was so sad. :(

Terri said...

You sure were busy...now time for a few days of rest before you have to return to work.
LOVED your collage/video below. Happy Birthday to Doodle....she is TOO cute. What a sweet looking face.
MY TT is also up.

Maribeth said...

We packed our Christmas boxes in the attic yesterday. In a way it was good because now I feel like my house looks ALMOST clean!

happy and blue 2 said...

You can clean your blinds with a pressure washer. In fact you can clean your whole house with one.
If it works on the siding of a house it must work inside..
ps. let me know if it works..

Anonymous said...

oh boy your list is my list! my cupboard needs a complete makeover and i'm severely procrastinating and i think that's one of my resolutions. happy tt!

Lisa said...

Wow ICL- You've been busy! I can't help you with the blinds because I don't have any. Try looking at www.queenofclean.com. She's awesome!

I don't like a bunch of stuff on my counters either- makes it easier to cook that way.

You are motivating me to do the same- but a pile of paperwork awaits me at my desk. ;-)

Cheeky said...

Yep a clean house makes a happy Cheeky too!!

As for cleaning the blinds - it depends on what kind you have. In my old house I could take them off and soak them in the bath tub....I have wood blinds in this house and can't do that

Jodes said...

cool blog.

Amanda said...

You've been busy! I don't have any blinds and my decorations will go in this weekend too (after the feast of the Magi).

Chickadee said...

I need to reorganize my kitchen too. Unfortunately it gets back to its messy, disorganized state when I'm finsihed.

My 13 is up.

Goofy Girl said...

Good luck with it all- I hate cleaning!!

I'm glad you took some extra time off though - extra time off is always good!

Anonymous said...

ohhh... that photo of the Christmas lights looks so pretty! =)

happy T13! i played too. =)

Natalie said...

Reading about all that cleaning made me tired, I can't even imagine how tired it made you! but now that you're done your house, you should come clean mine for me! haha

i hope you enjoy whats left of your holidays!

Anonymous said...

I did the kitchen and dining room on Tuesday this week ~ bleugh! Hate cleaning, lots still to do :o(

Gattina said...

I think it's better you close your house and go away and wait until it's done from alone ! I am getting dizzy with all these "to do" things. Just came back to the muddy weather here after my 2 weeks of non stop sunshine,an untrue blue sky and 25° ! Now I am depressed and offended ! I just look at the thinks I have to do ! But ! Blogworld has me back again, that at least is fun !

The Kept Woman said...

If, by chance, you have any more energy left over my basement could really use some sprucing up...

Anonymous said...

wow, you have too much energy for me.

I'm gonna hide under a pile of laundry :)

Anonymous said...

oh my goodnes, I got tired just reading your list! Love that Mistletoad - too cute!

Mrs Lifecruiser said...

I love that mistletoad i'd want myself, but i already have my toad. But I'm not hanging him like that ;-)

Wow! you've been a really busy gal - and worked very well! *whistles*

That was almost like a Tackle It Tuesday!

I know that feling when it's done, but to come so far... *sigh*

Carol said...

Loved your list this week...and I thought I cleaned alot??? You put me to shame, dear lady.

But doesn't it feel good to accomplish so much? A nice way to start out the new year!

Pretty Christmas lites too.