Saturday, January 15, 2011

I'm a freak like that...

Couldn't help myself.

It was staring me in the face.

I was in the mood.

Felt like nesting...but I am NOT.

Today, I went into full blown, all out, watch out world cleaning mode.

Not sure what came over me. Had already decided to push off the weekend house blessing until later (Wes was working like a fiend installing baseboard trim which required him to move lots of furniture so the house was getting trashed faster than I could keep up) Laundry going--check. So, decided to hole myself up in the one room I knew he would not be working in today-our bedroom. Now, it just so happens that the cleaning zone for this week IS our bedroom. As I was in cleaning mode, I attacked our room.

According to my cleaning schedule, this is Zone 7: Master Bedroom. The daily activities are the same as the last 3 zones. First, I tore apart the closet...clothes on rods, stuff on top shelf and all the other miscellaneous stuff that seemed to have been crammed in there. Grabbed Wes for a quick "tell me what you want" activity of going through his clothes to weed out items he hates, does not wear, or for the sake of all mankind simply need to go away. Then, had him sort through my clothes to help me purge things he does not like or that really do not flatter me. Fortunately, we were in agreement on everything that got purged. Rearranged the whole closet, then moved on to the dressing room. Sorted through the shelves and got loose items tucked away into small storage boxes and labeled with my little labeler (it makes my heart go pitter patter!)

Straightened up the drawers in the chest in the dressing room. Purged several pieces of running gear that are basically dead. Forced myself to rid my dressing table of any and all makeup that I do not LOVE. Hung some cup hooks on the wall next to the dressing table and arranged my costume jewelry necklaces. Sorted through the rest of my jewelry and got the jewelry boxes and trays neatly sorted.

Stripped the bed, turned the mattress. Washed the mattress pad, sheets, blanket, pillow protectors. Got rid of the cobwebs, dusted the ceiling fan, detail polished all of the furniture, straightened and purged from the dresser drawers, detail vacuumed the whole room, bathroom, and dressing room.

By the time I got all that done, I had a huge tote box and another large cardboard box full of stuff to take to Goodwill. Wes stopped for the day on the trim and then helped me clean up the entry and the hearth room. Ate our dinner of corned beef and sauerkraut that I fixed earlier in the evening. For the last 2 hours, I have been messing around in the laundry/craft room arranging/rearranging, sorting, boxing, labeling, and generally bringing order to my cave.

Time to stop for the day. I'll finish cleaning the rest of the downstairs tomorrow, but right now popcorn and a movie with my baby sounds like a lot of fun.


  1. Good for you! I think purging what you don't want or need frees up a lot of stuck energy so you can use it for new things.

  2. WOW! Dina, just reading what all you got accomplished wore me out! I aspire to someday tap into your neatness gene!

    You know, I think you could go into business as a professional organizer!

  3. I would like to be you when I grow up. Barring that, I'd settle for learning how to get into "cleaning mode". Sigh. I'm so impressed...



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