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Elul. Time to clean up your act. Only...it's not Elul *yet*. It's just started here with a bang - I have this impossible to ignore compulsion to CLEAN everything.

I have a confession - I HATE cleaning. It's like bailing out a leaky boat - I get a room finished, and by the time I've put up the vacuum/mop/cleaning supplies, it's trashed again, thanks to my dogs and kids. :sigh: It's an unending cycle.....and I HATE it. I do my best to stay on top of stuff....but I fail. Miserably (as you'll see in a minute) - what usually ends up happening is that 1 room becomes the "junk" room, while the rest of the house stays..not pristine, but decent.

Anyway.....we started on Saturday by cleaning the Music/Game/Homeschool Supply room. I don't have any before pictures, but have an after:

This room was cluttered, but not too trashed. We got rid of the cheap Thrall-mart non-wood bookcase, and modified the entertainment center to hold all the books, science kits, art kits, and microscope. The piano used to be on the wall where the entertainment center is now; I also had a spinning wheel in there. (It's now in the family room.....crowded, but I have NO other place to put it at the moment. :sigh:) (And I only took the 1 picture - stupid me. The wall to the left of your view has the entertainment center and the coat rack on it. Kinda boring, but neat and tidy.)

However, that was just a warm-up. The music room was pretty cluttered, but you could get in there - we were using it for music practice, after all. The weaving room........well, OK. I am embarrassed to show these 2 photos, but in the spirit of keeping it real, I'm going to. :shudder:

The weaving room (aka the "Loom Room") has the unenviable position of being right off of both the entry hall and the kitchen. Because I had so much *stuff* in there anyway, it became the default place to put stuff that had no other dedicated place to be.....only it got out of hand. EVERYONE was dumping stuff there....to the point that you couldn't get in there any more. I have wanted to weave..but couldn't even SEE the loom, let alone sit down at it! So......

While I was at the office Monday, the kids emptied the room. When I got home, all that was in there was the sewing table, the looms, and the bookcases. The entry hall was totally blocked, and the music room was full. By 5 pm, the entry hall was almost empty.......but we still had a long way to go.

I didn't sleep at all Monday evening (let's just say my husband made an inappropriate remark about our cleaning abilities. :grrrrrrrr:), so yesterday was a slow day..(plus I had to run to the dentist to get the crown put on my root canal - finally!) but we got it done. Here's what it looks like as of 15 minutes ago:

I can see the floor! And the Loom(S)!!!!! And I can WALK in there!

All the yarn that was piled in there has been moved to the containment units in the garage (ie, an antique pie safe (wool roving) and armoire (yarn). There's still a couple of small piles in the loom room - the stuff on the loom bench in my Margaret Tudor sweater "kit", and the pile by the kitchen door is stuff that Himself said wouldn't fit in the armoire. I need to get out there and see - I can tetris stuff in that other people can't. All the equipment has been shuffled around to fit better - and we can actually USE the sewing table now - both of us! - so that we don't have to haul the machines to the kitchen table anymore!

All the extraneous stuff has been either put *where* it really belongs, or moved to the garage. I got rid of 3 Drum-sized bags of trash, plus whatever we fit into the kitchen trashcan. We ran thru 2 buckets of mop water, and had to empty the Dyson SO many times it wasn't funny.

BUT - it's CLEAN. It's tidy. It's inviting...and I'm too tired to weave today. Ah, well...plus work called, so I'm having to do some "emergency" database updates that it seems no one else in the main office can do. :sigh:

Current Location: command center
Current Mood: tiredtired
spin a yarn
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From:Ali Snowdale
Date:August 17th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
And I thought my sister was the only one who used tetris as a verb.
Good job there! I used to live in a house where every room was like that - now that I have my husband it is only my computer room that gets filled with junk on a regular basis - piles of books, yarn, cardboard boxes. I need to clean too - but just haven't gotten there yet.
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Date:August 17th, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
:giggle: Tetris is the only verbed noun that explains exactly what you're doing with the stuff.

The only room (that *I* have control over, anyway) that needs work is the Master Bedroom. It's not *that* bad, but it catches the fallout from the kitchen table when visitors drop by....so I need to do something about that. Later. I need a nap now!
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From:Anna Marie
Date:August 18th, 2011 12:18 pm (UTC)


Good job - what a difference. But would you shwack me if I told you that people like you make me feel a LOT better about my housekeeping skills? (((blush!))) Actually, it just comes from having a mother who threw pretty much everything away while we were at school, so the house was just CLEAR, y'know? I have a LOT more than she did, but it's about finding places and KEEPING stuff there, for me... which is very much more challenging!!
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Date:August 18th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)

Re: WoW!

I hear ya! I HATE those people who only show perfectly clean, House Beautiful photos of their houses, because I KNOW that people with kids can't live that way.

And - the weaving room was the WORST room in the house (well, barring Herself's room. She is incapable of throwing ANYTHING away - we're working on it, but she has every piece of trash she's collected for the past 3 years......:sigh:). Since weaving is a time-sink, and I haven't had time to sink in it lately, that room became the default "storage" space. :sigh:

And no, no shwacking here! Seeing clean houses inspires me, but seeing clutter helps me control mine, if that makes sense.
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