So I told you all that I was taking a blogging break for a couple of weeks. Well, I promise to be back more or less to a normal schedule on Monday–but I wanted to give you all a quick pictorial update on what I’ve been doing in the meantime!
First I attacked the dining room. Cleaned it from top to bottom–multiple moppings of the floor, polishing the table and chairs, wiping down walls & woodwork. The whole shebang. That took me a full day.
Next I attacked the study. The first thing I did was cull, sort & file all the paperwork in there. That took a full two days.
It was eventually finished! I think I threw out two trashbags full of paper and wound up with just a small stack (not shown) of items that need to be dealt with. Everything else is pretty and organized.
Then I drug everything out of the closet in the study. The closets in this house are huge-which is weird for something built in 1890. Several of them basically the end of a room walled off. That’s what the one in the study is like. The door is on one end and then it just goes back–a perfect place to stash all sorts of miscellaneous stuff and then forget about it.
The picture above is after I removed most of the stuff! Can you tell how deep it is? Well once everything was out I scrubbed down the shelving and woodwork and took a look at all the stuff.
It was a lot of stuff. Some of it found new homes. Some of it went into a room upstairs for all the stuff that needs to find homes, and then some of it is still there for Yankee Bill to deal with. That took a day.
Then I hit the desk. There was a lot of stuff on and around the desk itself. When I pulled everything out it completely covered the dining room table. I didn’t take a picture till I had already dealt with some of it. I sorted. I trashed stuff. I untangled cords. I labeled and grouped and neatly tied up said cords. I dusted the actual desk.
Then I went through EVERY FLIPPING CD and figured out what program it was, and what computer it went to. Let me tell you, that required some Googling. Then all of THOSE were labeled and bagged by computer and stored away in case we ever need to reload the system. The picture below shows after I had already sorted about half the CDs.
The next day I moved on to the front entryway. There wasn’t much to sort or organize here–I did have to collect up mismatched gloves, scarves etc that were inside of my bench, clean that out and vacuum in there. I did a top to bottom sweep, mop, clean, polish. . . I even did the windows. And there is a lot of wood out there! I even rubbed down all the spindles in the banister with oil.
The banister REALLY needed the oil. Doing that entry pretty much took me a day.
Now I’m working on the front parlor. I’ve done a bit of the cleaning & dusting in between a few things–I should be able to finish that up (sweep, mop, vacuum rugs, oil the furniture, clean & polish the woodwork) and then sort the photo albums and the mass of DVDs and VHS tapes in the bottom of my display cabinets tomorrow.
So to finish the downstairs I’ll still need to do the living room, the downstairs bathroom/laundry room and then finally the kitchen–which will require some serious organization and I’m sure will be a multi day project.
In amongst all this I’ve found a tiny bit of time to make jerky.
Help hubs a bit with our annual maple syrup project.
Do about a bazillion loads of laundry, and even sew a button back onto a sweater that needed it.
And I even took pictures of a few projects for future blog posts.
What I didn’t do? Make lunches (I’ve only gotten back to that the last two days). Write blog posts. Do much for dinner (it’s been pretty much last minute quick meals). I basically have tried to really, really concentrate on getting the first floor of this house UNDER CONTROL. It has been way out of control for way too long.
So going forward I intend to be back to more regular blogging-but for a few more weeks it might be more along the lines of 3 posts a week or so until I really get ahead of all this.