Friday, April 23, 2010

Blitz Again

Inspired as always by my friend Jena, as well as the deteriorating condition of the house, I knew it was time to get moving.

The laundry has been piling up.  I've been "saving" it for a sunny day, hoping to line-dry it.  I got four loads washed, but only two dried outside.  As I hung the third load (towels) I could smell the rain coming.  Sure enough, about a half hour later the boys and I raced outside to take it all back down.  But four loads are DONE.  :D

The dishes are all in the dishwasher, which is running.

I rescued the dining room table, which was not too far gone.

But clutter breeds if you don't get on it quickly.  And this looks so much more inviting.  Those glass balls are genuine Japanese fishing floats that my Grandpa found back when he was working on tugboats.

The kitchen floor was in a dire state.  It really needs to be stripped and waxed.  Or at the very least mopped.  The mudroom too.

But with rain today, and more forecast for tomorrow, I decided to put off the deep cleaning until after all the wet, muddy soccer comings and goings.  Just a thorough sweeping helped.  And tidying the mudroom.

And the living room was being over-run by Tate's previously mentioned plastic army.  And books.  Always books.  How is it that each boy seems to be reading not just one, but two or three at a time?  And leaving them out on every flat surface?  And if they're not reading them, they're building things... out of books.

But, they're usually very willing to help pick up.  They like an orderly home too... hallelujah.
Because I'd much rather sit around in this room.

For tomorrow...

The boys' room needs tidied.  Must.  Do.  Something.  About.  Legos. 
Ditto the family room.  And many books to get back on the shelves.

And less visible stuff, like prepping for the next school week, ordering more books from the library, tidying my office, and doing something about all the pictures on my computer.  Aack.  It's overwhelming.

But good has been done here today.  *sigh*


Felicity said...

Good for you! I'm still ploughing through clutter and mess, but starting to see the light! I have a dream - that one day everything in my house will have a place - and everything will be IN THAT PLACE!!!

Ruby said...

Your home looks lovely!
I also love the new Spring header. Very frish!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Thanks for the encouragement :D

I think I have a Spring Cleaning gene or something.

leah said...

It looks lovely! I need to start plowing through Legos (or Duplos, in our case), too. They are EVERYWHERE.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

It's a never ending battle.

I think they breed when we're sleeping!

Mum-me said...

Your home sounds a lot like mine - clutter wise - and I don't even have the excuse of snow/med like you do! I've just had 6 children home for over 2 weeks of school holidays, while fighting a cold. I am slowly reclaiming my house now that school is back and I am feeling better, but you're right - it doesn't take long for clutter to take over EVERYWHERE!

Ann said...

It's amazing how even across the miles things can be so similar. Saturday we had to tackle books (my girls do the same with books as your boys - reading multiple books at a time or finding something else "constructive" to do with them!), Legos, and laundry. The floors will come this week!

Organizing Mommy said...

Yeah!! Great job. What a pretty home also. thanks so much for being my ONE link up. Love never fails..