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Suck it up and Get on with Housecleaning!

The process of a home refinance usually requires an appraisal. The bank wants to be assured that they are lending their money to a property from which they can recover their $$ if needed.

And that is where I am today–preparing for an appraisal. Thus quick declutter and spit & polish cleaning. Today’s list included vacuuming upstairs and downstairs.

Now you may be wondering about the above photo. It is the contents of the vacuum cleaner emptied into a black lawn bag. No, I was not planning on that much dirt, but did decide to vacuum until the sweat dripped into my eyes and made me blind.

Success! The cats are now plotting their next cat fight so as to leave clumps of fur everywhere I previously vacuumed. I think they enjoy the noise and vibration of the vacuum cleaner. And when I get done, I lay on the couch so they can find a lap or leg to snuggie on.

Actual tossing away junk starts later tonight, after the vacuuming nap. Wish me luck!

I’ve Got the Red Light Blues

Today was a high energy day. It was supposed to be a lovely warm end-of-summer day, so I planned to do some painting outside. I am doing a little craft project and need to seal and then paint terra-cotta pots. I was going to do this out on the back deck, but the wind started picking up. Thus the garage was the appointed painting booth.

I slapped a canvas paint cloth on the garage floor (heavens to Betsy, don’t want to mess up that sparkling garage floor), pulled out the little craft table, covered it with newspaper, and started setting up. Did you know that Coke cans make wonderful holders for upside down clay pots? Well, they do. I didn’t want the pots sitting directly on the newspaper because the paper would stick to the pot (Jeez, I remember some 40 years ago that it was a problem when the paper didn’t stick to the pot — wink wink).

I left the garage door open and proceeded to spray a sealer on the pots. After a couple of trips, the spraying was done and the drying commenced. Not a bad way to start the day!

On to the cleaning of the house. I started putting away stuff that had been laying around.  That always brings about a sense of accomplishment. And then came the dusting and vacuuming. I was taught to dust and then vacuum. But others say to vacuum and then dust. So I think this is the perfect opportunity to try out a poll.

My vacuum cleaner has a little dirt found light on it that is green when the carpet is not spitting up any more dirt, and red when there is still a significant amount of particles being sucked up. My personal rule is to keep on vacuuming until the light is green. It’s back and forth, and over and over, and back and forth, and over …..   you get the idea. I had to stop to get some physical therapy on my shoulder with all that back and forth. And then I started thinking that I am governed (and confused) by the little red light.

  • When driving, red light = stop.
  • When vacuuming, red light = continue.

Thus I have decided to consider the red light on the vacuuming cleaner as a purple light (red light blues — get it: red + blue = purple).  And since purple is a favorite color, I will just vacuum as long as I want. If it turns green, great. But if not, purple is good too.

The bottom line is that the house is vacuumed and dusted (or is it dusted and vacuumed?). The Xmas gifts are under construction. The cats are snuggling with me, and I have a good book to read. Tomorrow is more the same and I’m excited because today was a success. Here’s rootin’ for a deja vu tomorrow.

Getting Back on Track

My original purpose for the MsMouseCleansHouse blog was to create some sort of tracking and accountability for certain aspects of my life. One part was cleaning up the house and getting back to some sort of organization. I was doing OK when I started, and then Daughter came home for a month.

For whatever reason, that seemed to derail me. But she has been back at school for a week and I am rip-roaring, ready to tackle the house again. WAHOO for me!

One thing I did over the weekend was to get her room back into a livable condition. I even started sleeping in her bedroom as it is much cooler downstairs. And I have started working on the sewing room. That’s going to be a huge chore.

I seem to have a fear of starting a task that seems too big. I need to just jump into it without thinking about it and deal with little steps. Unfortunately, I do this a lot. If I can’t finish something, I have trouble starting it.

Example: I use a lawn service for my yard which is too big for me to mow it myself (since I’m old and decrepid, and don’t function in the heat). Once a month I gather their invoices and pay them. However, lately I have gotten into this delay mode, and get around to paying them a week later. But then I have another invoice so it’s another delay., This has gone on for two months, until I was sent an itemized bill. I paid it ASAP and now am feeling guilty for my lack of action. It was a kind of eye-opener for me.

Thus, I’m back on track. Here are my goals for this week.

  • Declutter the kitchen.
  • Fold and put away the laundry.
  • Reorganize the bookshelves.
  • Order the new hardware for the upstairs bathroom.

There — that should keep me busy for a few days. I’m not putting a lot on this week as I’m quite swamped at work and putting in some extra hours.

By the way, I am supporting National Chocolate Milk Shake Day while writing this. Yummmm…