I really ought to remember to take before and after pictures of the projects I do around the house. I have a nice little digital camera that my parents sent me and I always forget to take before pictures.
In the last week I’ve rearranged and put in new shelving for the mudroom, planted and weeded and potted and mulched the front yard in between experimenting with home made coffee scrub and epsom bath salts. Of course there were chores but I don’t count that as part of my daily or weekly accomplishments unless it’s a large undertaking. (Cleaning the banisters and railings and then polishing them was an accomplishment. Doing the dishes not so much. The basement will be a several day long thing, but that’s sort of low on my list of Things to Do.
This list is several pages long, pretty much one page per room of the house. See, My Love lived alone for a while and let’s just say that he wasn’t a super tidy housekeeper. The kitchen and bathroom were well cleaned, but everything else was sort of ill-kept. I’ve spent days scrubbing walls and baseboards and cabinets and doors with wood cleaning soap. I love that stuff, it’s 98% natural, biodegradable and leaves no residue. I use it on everything that needs a large cleanup since it’s also cheap and gentle enough not to tear up the paint on the walls. My Love asked me why I didn’t use the cleaners he already had (but rarely used) and I said ‘Cause this is better and it smells nice.’ and went back to scrubbing walls. Regular commercial cleaners bother me with the smells and the sinus burning fumes, so I purchase a few cleaners that are friendly to creatures and the environment, and stick with diluted vinegar in a spray bottle to clean up most things.
Anyway, I found a very strange assortment of things hiding in the mudroom. Like a poker table topper, a milk crate of softballs and a metal bat that were under a plastic bowl of epic proportions (For real, I can’t imaging what you’d put in this bowl, it’s huge.), two coolers, golf clubs, rope, rock salt, enough paper bags to last a week in a grocery store check out line and around twenty reusable shopping bags. Oh, and a few dustpans full of dirt and debris that astonished me. It’s a mudroom, I realize that, but I like all rooms to be clean-ish and neat. Now I just need some wall anchors to put up the coat rack and I’ll be all set.
I think the next room to attack will be the bathroom. The door and frame need a fresh coat of paint, and some art on the walls would be nice. I’ve been thinking of making the wall art, since the stuff I find that I like is stupid expensive, so why not make it in a different medium? Some watercolors and some paper in a few frames will make it all I want it to be.
The other rooms and the upstairs hallway are going to be a lot more intense. Banisters and railings need to be sanded and scrubbed and then painted or stained, walls repainted as well as doors…moving furniture and removing certain things to make room for shelves…so much to do! All of it is doable by one person for the most part, so I plan on going one room at a time for the easy rooms, and then tackling bits and parts of the other larger projects that fit together. Why not repaint all the doors in one go instead of just the inside of the bathroom door? It’s going to be fun checking things off of my list, and when it’s done I’ll have to find some new projects to work on around the house. There’s the garden bed I want to make out back when we redo the grading and patio, and the bed around the tree outside, new flagstone walkway to the cars, the attic to explore and clean out and up, new ceiling fans I’d like installed, running a water line to the front of the house so that I don’t have to pug watering cans back and forth to water my plants…you know, easy stuff.