I just have to say how proud and impressed I am at how hard you're all working, and at the effort you're making to post comments and updates, this really keeps our momentum going. I may offer an idea or method you find helpful, but you glean so much from each other, we have a great, unstoppable team shaping up. Your efforts really make me smile. You've all sold yourselves way short, and have proven that all you needed was a little direction and some support, and now you're cleaning machines!
Today I got up at 5:23am, after nodding off around 3-something. Yeah, lord help me, I'm going to have to bleach the circles under my eyes if I don't start getting some sleep.
I try to post early-ish for those of you who might log in, but before I sat down I:
Spruced up both bathrooms (lying freshly laundered bath mats, wiping fixtures, etc.)
Tore down unsightly laundry hanging everywhere, praised god for the dryer repair man coming in a bit.
Rotated a load of laundry.
Cleaned the entire kitchen, and wiped it down.
Organized my wallet.
Dusted in the back bedroom.
Emptied all eight wastebaskets in the house, relined.
Wrote Quinn's chore list (empty dishwasher, vacuum, clean toilets)
We have a heavy day, but I'm hoping to tackle the following before the season finale of Lost tonight:
Rotate/fold all laundry.
Rearrange appliance cupboard.
De-clutter five things.
TODAY'S CHALLENGES FOR MY MOXIE MATEYS:
Most of the feedback I got suggested that you guys kicked some bathroom ass, and I applaud you all. Did anyone wash that clear plastic liner?
Today I'd like you to:
*Wipe down all doors and tackle those knobs with some extra oomph, no need to put out the welcome mat for swine flu after all...
*Keep that laundry rotated ladies! Remember our goal is to never let it get insurmountable again.
*Same with those dishes, keep your kitchen, aka, Grand Central, clean, and you won't believe the difference it will make mentally. Keep the dishwasher running, dishes neatly stacked, grouped, soaking, and counters wiped. This is paramount.
*So we've got clean bathrooms, clean doors/knobs/laundry and dishes under control, and I think the cherry on this cake will be to vacuum and/or sweep as many floors as you have, or as many as you can without your children turning into the Lost Boys. It's a bitch, but just think, the weekend is looming, and you've really done a lot, we're in a groove, and I won't let you get complacent. I told you I wouldn't let your house become the boogey man again, and I meant it.
*Finally, I'm throwing down one last challenge, because I know you can do it, and I know you'll feel so good. I want you use a wipe or wash cloth and wipe down five surfaces in your house. 2" night stands don't count, unless you can write your name in them. I'm talking dining room tables, computer desks, pianos, islands, etc.
There you have it, five tasks, high fives all around. I am so proud of you guys. Gutting whole pantries, taking on extra tasks while pregnant, pushing yourselves through those falling-down-tired evening hours to meet your goals, finding time to spruce things up between dispensing meds to loved ones, homeschooling, millions of errands, and those of you who just really thought you couldn't do this. You're doing it. You're awesome.
BONUS CHALLENGE FROM JACOB: (Anyone who attempts this plus the list above, gets entered twice.)
What does your microwave say about you?
Jacob says: "Cleaning a heavily soiled microwave is actually much quicker and easier than you might think. Fill a microwave safe bowl full of hot tap water, and set it on high for 5-7 minutes in the microwave. The steam loosens all of the dried, caked on food splatters, and allows them to be easily wiped away without scrubbing. While the microwave is running, use your favorite cleaner and a scrubby sponge to clean the outside of the microwave. When the timer dings, discard the bowl of water, and take the glass turn table out and put it in the sink with your hottest tap water running over it, while you wipe out the inside of your microwave, and then use your favorite disinfecting kitchen cleaner to give it a wipe down. Give your turn table a quick once over in the sink, dry it off, put it back in place, and voila, you have a perfectly clean microwave in under 10 minutes without any scrubbing. To keep your microwave clean, invest in a microwave plate guard cover (for less than a dollar) and use it to cover all food that you are cooking/warming in there to prevent splatters, and always put a plate, or at least a paper towel, under everything you put in there. When you do this, all your microwave will need is a 30 second gentle disinfecting wipe inside and out every couple of days."
Keep us posted, I'll be looking for updates!