I have tomorrow off. Rather than loll about watching Judge Joe Brown and eating an enormous breakfast with grits and eggs, I shall loll about watching Judge Joe Brown and eating an enormous breakfast with grits and eggs and THEN Spring Clean. And here, in somewhat abbreviated fashion, is what I plan to do:
I start with the Kitchen. I hate doing the kitchen, so I do it first. Otherwise, it would never get done at all. I then move on to the hallway and entry, followed by the bedroom (my favorite), the dressing and craft room, the living room, guest room and then bathroom (second favorite). I try to vary size of room and messiness of room.
No matter which room I’m exorcising, however, the basic game plan is the same:
1. Open the room. All windows open and aired out.
2. Strip. *wink wink* All linens unhung, off the beds, towel racks, tables and the like and pitched into the laundry or handwashing.
3. I then pick up any clutter. I also put any breakables or decorative items (including anything hanging) into a big box.
4. Rugs are put outside to be abused. I then sprinkle them with homemade carpet fresh-nah’ and let them think about what they’ve done.
5. I pull all the big and mobile furniture to the center of the room.
6. And then the room gets a scrub from tip to toe: ceilings, fans, walls, windows, floors, furniture. I make Will do the fans because I’m allergic to …well…everything. Really. I have proof.
7. I then label and reorganize things if they need it.
8. I dust and replace breakables.
9. I press and rehang the linens.
10. I putter. Potpourri, candles, linen spray, decorating.
11. I take any notes on things I would like to see in the room, things I need, things that need to be done (painting, etc.). I then add any new items to daily, weekly, and monthly maitenance lists.
12. Then I go get the rugs and vacuum them.
Then I nap. For way too long.
Though this is the bulk of the action, it’s the little things that count, isn’t it? Like, what movies will I be watching while I’m doing this? Well, thanks to my facebook friends (who are also my friends in real life, I’ll have you know), we have created a formiddable list of choices. I like a movie with a good cleaning scene, of course. It’s inspiring. But a musical is good, too. Also, childhood favorites are nice because you’ve seen them 8 million times and you won’t feel a need to be riveted by every moment. This is why Mary Poppins is the tops of the tops for me. Cleaning scene, musical, AND from my childhood. There it is. Here are some other suggestions:
- Mrs. Doubtfire
- Maid in Manhattan
- Robin Hood – any version.
- Sunshine Cleaners
- Corrina, Corrina
- The Sandlot
- Back to the Future
- Mr. Mom
- Uncle Buck
- 13 Going on 30
- Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead
- King Ralph
I haven’t seen all of these, but I trust the suggesters. Mr. Mom and Uncle Buck will likely be two of my choices. Although, like I said, I do dig a small claims court show. Also Dr. Phil and The Steve Wilkos Show. They’re so cranky. I love it.
Then there is music to consider. I prefer poppy 80’s and early 90’s tunes with the occasional squirt of uptempo, nay, high speed bluegrass. Avalanche by Nitty Gritty is one of these. I don’t know what it is about “Every Heartbeat” and “Faith” and “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” that helps me clean, but they do.
I also love watching episodes of How Clean is Your House? on the internet. Seeing the absolute atrocities they are dealing with helps me trudge on. I want to hang out with Kim Woodburn. I love her. I want to call people “mucky pups” and “filthy beggars” but unfortunately, I am the muckiest pup I know. I did trim my gloves in pink maribou, thou.
I’m actually considering live-blogging this whole fiasco.
Anyway, next up is the actual work! I will be taking Before and After pictures.