I was determined to be productive today, so I listed every area of the house and crossed them off as I worked. As long as I did something to improve the space, it counted.
Bathroom: Wiped floor and all surfaces with dish soap; scrubbed loo; sprayed bug spray to kill drain flies
Shower: Sprayed grout with soap and disinfectant; left brush on shelf to scrub next time I shower
Bedroom: Picked up dirty laundry; dusted bed frame
TV Room: Vacuumed; removed all decor items from console shelving; dusted and washed shelves, then replaced decor items, editing a few to the outbox
Patio: Shortly after I had it all clean, our backyard flooded from heavy rain twice, leaving a film of red clay covering the patio again. Today I swept away what I could, and cleaned the high-water line debris off my plant pots. I’ll get on my hands and knees and scrub it again at some point, but not today.
Kitchen: Vacuumed; moved all rubbish and recycling off the counters; wiped the counters and floor; ran two loads of dishes and put them away.
Entry: Vacuumed, decluttered
Sunroom: Removed some postcards from gallery wall and replaced with pictures cut from a book showing the Australian east coast. The old postcards were of Oregon beaches near where I used to live, but they were rather dark and half of them were mainly brown in color. The new pictures are lighter, clearer, and more vibrant.
Porch: Tidying up this area has been on my mind for a while.
First, there were the red clay spots left over from mud wasp nests on the wall.
A spray of soap and some scrubbing was all it took.
The ground was covered in dried grass, dirt, and dead bugs. I shook the mats, shop-vacced, swept, and scrubbed.
I did the threshold too, while I was at it.
Nana room (spare bedroom 1): I removed one item to the outbox: a big wooden fish I made a long time ago. I never really liked it and couldn’t find a place for it, so I decided it could go.
Guest room (spare bedroom 2): Clean sheets and pillowcases had been piled on the bed for a while, so I put them to use.
I also stuck some pictures on the wall, cut from a book that had been on the TV room console table. I never opened the book, so I figured I might as well cut out the good pictures and put them somewhere I’d see them.
It looks better in person.
Junk room (spare bedroom 3): I moved four items to the outbox: a large clam shell, a woven magazine basket, a white cloth table runner, and a roll of fabric I’d planned to use to reupholster chair seats (which I no longer own).
Guest bathroom: I wiped off the vanity and switched out the handcloth.
Laundry: I ran four loads of laundry then hung them all to dry, and wiped the laundry sink clean of dust and lint.
Garage: I moved a couple handfuls of dusty, cobweb-y cleaning cloths to the laundry and washed them.
The house feels so much better now!