Don’t get any funny ideas that this post is going to give you any tips on spring cleaning. I am a half-hearted cleaner at best, and I certainly don’t have any secrets to make cleaning any easier. Except that telling you what I have done helps eliminate the feeling that it’s being done in a vacuum and no one will ever notice. You may not have been to my house, but you can tell house much cleaner it is, right? I thought so.
This post is a little spring cleaning Ebenezer: thus far have we come. And if I don’t get any further, then at least we got this far.
- We washed the outsides of the first floor windows. They were much cleaner until it snowed. Four more times. (Five if you count today.)
- I washed the floors.
- I washed and hemmed the kitchen curtains. The last time they were washed? Um, maybe never.
- I made a quilt for the porch. (Does that count?)
- The boys swept out the garage.
- I dug 10,243 dandelions out of the ground (with roots). And then two days later, a whole new crop popped up, and we dug those out, too.
- We spackled holes that have been gaping open in the school room, the study, the upstairs hallway, SweetP’s room, our room, and M’s room.
- We emptied the old strawberry bed (full of dead plants) and filled it with the happy baby plants that were populating the rocks around the bed.
- We left 14 bags of leaves, sticks (all of which I had been “saving” to compost for the past three years) and garden trash for the garbage men. Thank you, garbage men, for taking it all.
- Sam touched up the living room paint. Then a child who shall remain nameless rocked the rocking chair into the wall and scraped it off again.
- Sam touched up the front porch paint.
- Sam touched up the paint in the children’s room.
- Sam repainted the front door.
- I replaced the broken doorknob.
- The kids emptied the front flower boxes, and I have repainted them and filled them with flowers that haven’t died yet. (They carded me when I bought the spray paint! very exciting.)
- I cleaned off the garden shelves in the garage. (On the bottom were the hand weights I hadn’t been able to find for the last six years.)
- I washed out the window tracks.
- I fixed the kitchen faucet. (That was a post in itself.)
- I vacuumed the vents and dusted a ceiling fan. (Four more to go.)
Are you spring cleaning? Please leave a comment to inspire me. And remember that talking about spring cleaning makes it less like a tree falling in a forest.