Now that our fall schedule is under way, I really needed to dust off my day planner and start making some lists of things I dropped at the beginning of the summer and was ready to pick back up again, so I worked on that some last week. I scheduled meetings and cleaned out my inbox and took care of some paperwork. It felt good to be sitting at my desk again, ready to dig into ideas and opportunities.
But before I could really get going, I needed to do some serious cleaning. My fellow neatniks will understand that it’s really hard to get focused work done when the state of your home is below your cleanliness tolerance level. Those who get it, get it. Those who don’t, think we are a little crazy. Maybe we are. But, we will be crazy in a clean house, thank you very much.
One area that really needed to be cleaned was the living room. We hang out in there a lot and it has a main traffic path running through it, so it took a beating this summer with kids running in and out of the house regularly. We’ve also had some sleepovers and birthday parties and other gatherings that added to the wear and tear.
So, I took the time to give the room a thorough cleaning. I dusted everything, cleaned the fingerprints and dog-nose-prints off the windows, and removed all of the sofa cushions to vacuum under them and give them a once over with the vacuum as well. It was amazing what I found under the cushions…
I get the Nerf dart, but what is the flosser thing doing there?!
I also vacuumed all of the pillows and then moved all of the small furniture out of the room, so I could vacuum and shampoo the carpet.
This was what really needed to be done. The light carpet was starting to get a gray tinge along the traffic path. Even with a “no shoes in the house” rule, shoes still sometimes make it past the foyer or laundry room. I’m guilty of that, too. And, Sebastian is great about not wearing shoes in the house, but he also runs around outside barefoot.
Knowing this would be an issue, we bought a carpet cleaner when we moved in, so I used that to clean the entire carpet (that wasn’t under heavy furniture), focusing on the traffic path.
Whenever I use this shampooer and I’m dumping brown, gritty, hairy water into the utility sink, it reminds me why I don’t like carpet! All of the stuff that gets trapped in the fibers gives me the heebie-jeebies. I would put hardwoods in the whole place, but I am in the minority in this household. The boys like wrestling and laying on their bellies when they play games or read books and Jeff likes the comfiness and warmth under foot.
So, I’ll just give it a good shampooing a few times a year and try not to think about it the rest of the time! I do admit that it is comfy, though…
Anyway, I did this right when they left for school in the morning, so it would have all day to dry. It was a gorgeous day, so I opened the windows and put a small fan on it to help with the drying process.
And the room really did seem to sparkle when I was done.
It looks bright and fresh and squeaky clean.
You know, I hung those pictures there shortly after we moved in and I thought the curtains would fill more of that wall, but they didn’t. I think it’s time to move them (or at least straighten them!)
I gave a few others rooms a really good cleaning as well and then did a general cleaning in the rest of the house. It was therapeutic for me and, for some reason, cleaning gets my creative juices flowing. It almost always leads to furniture scooting, rearranging accessories, and/or new project ideas.
Oh, and for those who have been asking, I am still planning to try to hone the granite tiles on our fireplace and just see how that looks. I just haven’t pulled out the sandpaper, yet, to give it a try. I will soon, though, and I’ll let you know how it turns out.