Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A Hard Day's Work

Okay - here is the latest of my Spring Cleaning venture. First of all, my "schedule" has totally not happened. I've discovered that it's very difficult to do deep cleaning with 1.) a toddler whose mommy is his #1 playmate 2.) my own goal and desire to give myself a rest/quiet time during his nap time. Thus, my planning the way I thought it would go just hasn't happened. Oh well.

Today, however, I decided that I had to conquer the kitchen. It is now 2:48 and I started at 8:30 this morning. I didn't even touch the pantry - that will have to be tomorrow. Now, not all that time was spent cleaning - cleaning was done in between making lunch, transitioning to the big bed for nap time, blowing bubbles, playing basketball, etc. Today I decided that cleaning needed to be done instead of rest. So now we have a very clean kitchen and a tired momma.

Here is what I did:
  • Dusted and washed the objects on top of the cabinets
  • Cleaned out refrigerator and took all shelves/compartments out and washed them
  • Wiped down the outside of the refrigerator
  • Wiped down all appliances
  • Cleaned out microwave
  • Took care of excess clutter - mostly
  • Washed down counter tops /table
  • Washed trash can
  • Scrubbed high chair
  • Cleaned light fixture
  • Swept and mopped floor
Now to really be done I need to pick up a feather duster at the store and dust the blinds - and I need to purchase special light bulbs. Then the job will be officially done.

Here are my before pictures - I don't really know if you can tell a difference ... it's kinda a hard room to photograph.

Here are the after:
And I thought you might like to see a picture of my two helpers. That's right I said two. First is my dear son. He just figured out how to trigger a spray bottle. Here he is spraying the inside of the fridge. The second is the mop "pail" that we invested in a couple of weeks ago. When you have a whole floor that's tile, I gave up mopping on my hands and knees. This guy works wonders!


thehomespunheart said...

Rebecca! Your kitchen looks great - good job in persevering to get it done! I hope you can get a rest during quiet time today though?! How is the transition to the twin bed going?

*carrie* said...


Thanks for posting pix. Your kitchen is beautiful!

That mop bucket reminds me of cleaning the dorm bathrooms when I was a freshman. =)

Jennifer said...

Looks great! I have cleaned new construction homes with tile and that can really do a number on your knees not to mention putting holes in your cleaning cloth. Good idea with the mop!

Susan said...

Wow! Look at that beautful kitchen!!! I am behind, JR has a cold;(

Trisha said...

Well written article.