Category Archives: cleaning up

Today’s 5 is going to be the Weekend’s 5 because. . .

I have the last tag sale tomorrow. I spent this morning doing two things: I made a large batch of lemon-rosemary chicken for lunch, so that tonight’s dinner was taken care of and tomorrow’s too.

I washed clothes for the weekend.

I wrote the other blog and cleaned as I mentioned.

Finally, I went to the antique store, the storage, the consignment shop, the bank and the supermarket. I have paid the storage rent, deposited checks and gotten start cash from the bank, talked to my landlord about what time the tag sale starts (it’s at the antique shop), etc.

I may not have done my Friday 5, but I have been BUSY!

Here’s the 5:

  1. Wipe down the PB & J shelf in the pantry and its contents. Sun. 10:50 a.m.
  2. Donate unsold yard sale merchandise. Sat. 3:45 p.m.
  3. Sanitize the water pic.
  4. Use up the eggplant from last week.
  5. Find a place to put away the dehydrator racks and do so when appropriate.

Here’s the remaining backlog:

  • Use up the ice cream base in the freezer.
  • Wash the net curtains.
  • Wipe down the sweeteners and their shelf in the pantry. Sun. 10:50 a.m.
  • Go thru the record collection, cull.
  • Put garden hoses away for winter.
  • Recaulk the bathroom as needed.
  • Make pepper jelly (or use up the peppers somehow).
  • Figure out a new way/place to store the yarn and put it away.
  • Look at the stored snow tires. Need new ones? In the budget?
  • Make cookies with the frozen oatmeal. Recipe found. Oatmeal removed from freezer, put in fridge Tuesday.
  • Empty my desk, again.
  • Make up/try the Naval Academy brass polish.
  • Move the longer lumber from the shed so it can be put away in the loft.
  • Examine winter coats for flaws, etc.
  • Do the last gather of tag sale materials, last sale is Saturday 10/21 Friday 10/21 all day.
  • Put ice scrapers in the cars, examine and see if they need replacement?

 

This is all too much! It requires an invocation of my patron saint with his mantra:

eveready bunny, keep going


Chores on hold or in process, for whatever reason:

Fertilize the lawn. Did the dooryard lawn and the lawn on the street side of the bulb bed. Tues. 4:30 p.m. Lots more to do!

Cut more sage and other such from the garden. Kale Fri. 10/13, most of the rest of it 10/15. Need to pull some tarragon and that’s it.

Cull books from one “holding pattern” bookcases. Either they’re out or they stay!, in process Thurs. a.m. (I did the 1st shelf.)

Put family photos in the album. Can’t be done. Photos located, album missing!

Clean off DH’s desk. This is going to be delayed until he and I catch up. I pulled everything from the top drawer on his side of the dresser, we’re still going through all of that.

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Two Ideas

I had not considered before (maybe old hat to you, but they’re new to me)!

  1. To get/keep a space really clean, you have to “dig into” the less used parts on a regular basis. For me, this is the attic, the kitchen storage, and my office, they’re our “dump” sites, where things go to be dealt with “sometime” and “in the future.”
  2. Even in your more regularly travelled areas, when you see something which needs cleaning or culling, do it as soon as you can, so it doesn’t become “invisible” again.

Examples from the past two days.

  • I was dealing with dried herbs I’d put aside in July. I had 3 bags of basils: Italian, lime, and Thai. The lime & Thai basil were supposed to be added to a small jar of “mixed basil” I got from my SIL last year for Christmas. I couldn’t find the jar, but in the process realized that the cabinet my spices are in was in needed cleaning — and did it right then. (The basils got dealt with too of course.)
  • Yesterday’s garlic overwhelmed the garlic storage, as I thought it might. I was pretty sure we’d run out of garlic midwinter, without more. Not now!  I revised the garlic storage.
  • The Mason jar rings had been displaced when I added another crate on one side of the pantry, so they needed to be dealt with, some time ago. Since I was doing the garlic anyway, I went thru the rings, I had too many (of course!) and can’t remember the last time I culled them. I made a new loop in the top of their “string” and hung them over the garlic.

One backlogged problem fixed and two problems fixed immediately as I identified them.

Less chaos is almost always a win.

 

Thursday’s Five & Backlog, still. . .

  1. Get rid of the clothing donations which were supposed to go to the dump Sunday. 11:00 a.m.
  2. Use up the ice cream base in the freezer.
  3. Wash the net curtains.
  4. Do another load of the backlogged laundry. (fill in) 6:15 p.m.
  5. Wipe down the sweeteners and their shelf in the pantry.

BACKLOG:

  • Go thru the record collection, cull.
  • Put garden hoses away for winter.
  • Recaulk the bathroom as needed.
  • Make pepper jelly (or use up the peppers somehow).
  • Figure out a new way/place to store the yarn and put it away.
  • Look at the stored snow tires. Need new ones? In the budget?
  • Make cookies with the frozen oatmeal. Recipe found. Oatmeal removed from freezer Tuesday.
  • Empty my desk, again.
  • Make up/try the Naval Academy brass polish.
  • Move the longer lumber from the shed so it can be put away in the loft.
  • Examine winter coats for flaws, etc.
  • Do the last gather of tag sale materials, last sale is Saturday 10/14 date changed to 10/21
  • Put ice scrapers in the cars, examine and see if they need replacement?

Chores on hold or in process, for whatever reason:

  • Fertilize the lawn. Did the dooryard lawn and the lawn on the street side of the bulb bed. Tues. 4:30 p.m. Lots more to do!
  • Cut more sage and other such from the garden. Kale Fri. 10/13, most of the rest of it 10/15. Need to pull some tarragon and that’s it.
  • Cull books from one “holding pattern” bookcases. Either they’re out or they stay!, in process Thurs. a.m. (I did the 1st shelf.)
  • Put family photos in the album. Can’t be done. Photos located, album missing!
  • Clean off DH’s desk. This is going to be delayed until he and I catch up. I pulled everything from the top drawer on his side of the dresser, we’re still going through all of that.

Wednesday’s Five and Backlog:

I will say that it was nice to NOT carry over most of the previous day’s five (just one from yesterday) and also eliminate others off the backlog. Progress — finally!

Wednesday’s Five:

  1. Put the watering cans away for winter. Went to do this Thurs. a.m., and I’d already done it!
  2. Vac the mattress when you strip/change the bed.2:20 p.m.
  3. Go thru the records and cull.
  4. Clean at least 3 ceilings laundry, dining room, hall 2:00 p.m.
  5. Put the hoses away for winter too.

BACKLOG:

  • Recaulk the bathroom as needed.
  • Make pepper jelly (or use up the peppers somehow).
  • Figure out a new way/place to store the yarn and put it away.
  • Look at the stored snow tires. Need new ones? In the budget?
  • Make cookies with the frozen oatmeal. Recipe found. Oatmeal removed from freezer Tuesday.
  • Empty my desk, again.
  • Make up/try the Naval Academy brass polish.
  • Clean off DH’s desk.
  • Move the longer lumber from the shed so it can be put away in the loft.
  • Examine winter coats for flaws, etc.
  • Do the last gather of tag sale materials, last sale is Saturday 10/14 date changed to 10/21
  • Put ice scrapers in the cars, examine and see if they need replacement?

Chores on hold or in process, for whatever reason:

  • Fertilize the lawn. Did the dooryard lawn and the lawn on the street side of the bulb bed. Tues. 4:30 p.m. Lots more to do!
  • Cut more sage and other such from the garden. Kale Fri. 10/13, most of the rest of it 10/15. Need to pull some tarragon and that’s it.
  • Cull books from one “holding pattern” bookcases. Either they’re out or they stay!, in process Thurs. a.m. (I did the 1st shelf.)
  • Put family photos in the album. Can’t be done. Photos located, album missing!

Tuesday’s Five and Backlog

Tuesday’s Five:

  1. Clean the pantry’s beadboard.5:30 p.m.
  2. Recaulk the bathroom as needed.
  3. Clean the new vinyl flooring piece in the laundry room. 10:30 a.m.
  4. Fertilize the lawn. Moved to in process. 
  5. Mop the kitchen floor (fill in).1:50 p.m.

BACKLOG:

  • Mop the laundry room floor (fill in). Tues. 10:30 a.m.
  • Find something to do with the extra eggs. We had French toast for breakfast Sunday and egg/bacon sandwiches for dinner Monday. That’s enough for now!
  • Make pepper jelly (or use up the peppers somehow).
  • Figure out a new way/place to store the yarn and put it away.
  • Look at the stored snow tires. Need new ones? In the budget?
  • Make cookies with the frozen oatmeal. Recipe found. Oatmeal removed from freezer Tuesday.
  • Empty my desk, again.
  • Make up/try the Naval Academy brass polish.
  • Clean off DH’s desk.
  • Move the longer lumber from the shed so it can be put away in the loft.
  • Examine winter coats for flaws, etc.
  • Do the last gather of tag sale materials, last sale is Saturday 10/14 date changed to 10/21
  • Put ice scrapers in the cars, examine and see if they need replacement?
  • Clear stuff from my car and run a vac through at least part of it! Done Tues. 5:00 p.m. Also did the front seat of DH’s car.
  • Get one of the comforters cleaned. Need to find the tennis balls before this can be done. They and their basket were behind the washing machine. Hurrah! Tues. 3:00 p.m. Taken to the laundromat and done, or nearly. It’s just ever so slightly damp and accordingly is spread out over the living room chairs. We’re lighting the wood stove tonight, so it should be dry by tomorrow.

Chores on hold or in process, for whatever reason:

  • Fertilize the lawn. Did the dooryard lawn and the lawn on the street side of the bulb bed. Tues. 4:30 p.m. Lots more to do!
  • Cut more sage and other such from the garden. Kale Fri. 10/13, most of the rest of it 10/15. Need to pull some tarragon and that’s it.
  • Cull books from one “holding pattern” bookcases. Either they’re out or they stay!, in process Thurs. a.m. (I did the 1st shelf.)
  • Finish laundry room clean up.Tues. noon
  • Weed the brick path around the veggie garden, edge it. 1st quarter done 1:30 Fri., 2nd quarter and 1/2 the 3rd done Sunday. Finished Tues. 5:20 p.m.
  • Put family photos in the album. Can’t be done. Photos located, album missing! 

Monday’s Six, and Unfortunately, the Backlog

Monday’s Six:

  1. Clean off/out the washing machine. Tues. 7:20 a.m.
  2. Get one of the comforters cleaned.
  3. Desmudge the kitchen cabinets. 11:10 a.m.
  4. Get the rest of the popcorn in the canister. 11:30 a.m.
  5. Find the leather cleaner for the couch and chairs in the living room. Clean a chair, if found.10:30 a.m.
  6. Mop the laundry room floor (fill in).

BACKLOG:

Friday

  • Find something to do with the extra eggs.
  • Make pepper jelly.
  • Figure out a new way/place to store the yarn and put it away.
  • Look at the stored snow tires. Need new ones? In the budget?
  • Make cookies with the frozen oatmeal.

 

Thursday:

  • Empty my desk, again.
  • Cut more sage and other such from the garden. Kale Fri. 10/13, most of the rest of it 10/15. Need to pull some tarragon and that’s it.
  • Make up/try the Naval Academy brass polish.

Wednesday:

  1. Clean off DH’s desk.
  2. Cull books from one “holding pattern” bookcases. Either they’re out or they stay!, in process Thurs. a.m. (I did the 1st shelf.)

Finish laundry room clean up.

Tuesday:

  • Weed the brick path around the veggie garden, edge it. in process, 1st quarter done 1:30 Fri., 2nd quarter and 1/2 the 3rd done Sunday.
  • Move the lumber which needs it from the shed so it can be put away in the loft.

Monday:

  • Put family photos in the album. Can’t be done. Photos located, album missing! 

Friday:

  • Examine winter coats for flaws, etc.
  • Do the last gather of flea market materials, last market is Saturday 10/14 date changed to 10/21

Thursday:

  • Put ice scrapers in the cars, examine and see if they need replacement?

Monday’s Backlog:

  • Clear stuff from my car and run a vac through at least part of it!.

Friday’s Five & Backlog

I did something which shows me how things are different these days. Yesterday I gave away brand new packages of lunch bags and staples, to two different businesses. The lunch bags were given to an antique store who uses them to wrap china and glassware. The staples were given to the antique store where I have a booth.

In both cases, I have more than I think I’ll use in a reasonable time, without them.

I use about 1/2 package of lunch bags a year for drying herbs/spices. (And I reuse them sometimes too.) I had come to the end of a package and bought some, thinking I was out. When I went to put it away, there was another new package! I sure didn’t need another 50!

The box of staples came from a box of shop office supplies. I thought I’d folded in or deleted extras from the shop’s supplies long ago, but I found a box a few months back filled with labels (mostly tossed), the box of staples, and a few miscellaneous pieces. When I cleaned office shelves last week or so, I realized we had 2 complete boxes of staples, more than we’d likely need until oh 2050. I don’t expect to be alive or wanting staples by then anyway!

Previously, I would have kept them; in fact I did. These days? They’re clutter I can get rid of easily, and that’s great!

Friday’s Five:

  1. Find something to do with the extra eggs.
  2. Make pepper jelly.
  3. Figure out a new way/place to store the yarn and put it away.
  4. Look at the stored snow tires. Need new ones? In the budget?
  5. Make cookies with the frozen oatmeal.

Much of this is dealing with food, obviously. Partly because farm day was yesterday. But it’s partly because the other chores in/out are so far behind. I have to cook no matter what else happens most of the time, so this is an “easy” way to get the list pared down. If it’s a cheat, it is — sue me!

BACKLOG:

Thursday:

  • Empty my desk, again.
  • Cut more sage and other such from the garden. Kale Fri. 10/13, most of the rest of it 10/15. Need to pull some tarragon and that’s it.
  • Make up/try the Naval Academy brass polish.

Wednesday:

  1. Clean off DH’s desk.
  2. Cull books from one “holding pattern” bookcases. Either they’re out or they stay!, in process Thurs. a.m. (I did the 1st shelf.)

Finish laundry room clean up.

Tuesday:

  • Weed the brick path around the veggie garden, edge it. in process, 1st quarter done 1:30 Fri., 2nd quarter and 1/2 the 3rd done Sunday.
  • Move the lumber which needs it from the shed so it can be put away in the loft.
  • Work on grading the last pile of dirt.Fri. 1 p.m.

Monday:

  • Put family photos in the album. Can’t be done. Photos located, album missing! 

Friday:

  • Examine winter coats for flaws, etc.
  • Do the last gather of flea market materials, last market is Saturday 10/14 date changed to 10/21

Thursday:

  • Put ice scrapers in the cars, examine and see if they need replacement?
  • Ship the box to the BIL, make up more boxes of things which should be shipped and get them sent! I think I did this, although I’m not sure. I cannot find the box anywhere!!!

Monday’s Backlog:

  • Clear stuff from my car and run a vac through at least part of it!.