Well, needless to say the house has been desperate for a nice clean, and that's exactly what we did. Let's start with the kitchen, since that's always a great place to start! At first washed out glance, you can tell it's messy. I mean, really messy.
Let's get a little closer:
Sink full of dishes, pots and pans everywhere. Trash, super grody. Well, thanks to the power if pictures, here is the after.
Ahhh, much better! I've been using Mrs. Myer's counter top spray in lemon verbena, and can I just say that I love it. It makes cleaning so much more enjoyable. It smells so fresh and clean, and nothing like chemicals. You can also see my poor dying garden. I'll have another post about that later, it really is a sad tale.
See that cute little bud vase? It's actually got my green onions in it. They look fabulous, and have been doing well. A nice update versus the nasty thing I was keeping on my stove, yuck.
Ah, the poor dining room. This room is always serving as our catch all. The bookshelf doesn't even belong there, it's supposed to live in our upstairs office (that we need to repaint). Table is filled with junk, clothes everywhere.
The poor cat food area. I don't know how they put up with me.
Here you can see how much trash we actually keep lying around. My boyfriend loves pizza, so we've always got pizza boxes strewn about. And beer bottles. What can I say? We're in our mid twenties, isn't that what we do?
The after, while I know I still have some clothes on the chairs of the table, I was doing laundry and my basket was full, so they were heading straight for the next load.
Speaking of laundry...
Oh yeah, needed to do some laundry.
This is the poor console table in the living room. We just bought it a few months ago, and it's already loaded!
A little pruning and this is what we are left with. The coffee can is for Victor's loose change.
Then there is this monstrosity. The living room.
That pile of shoes on the media table are for donation, we put them there to remind us that they need to go.
And this bad boy, is all the trash we collected just from the downstairs! Wow, unbelievable. Even more surprising, is Victor actually ended up taking it all down. It's gone, completely gone.
And here's a little breakdown of what we actually did Sunday afternoon:
- Gathered up all the trash, took it to do the dumpster
- Moved all the things that belonged in different rooms to their appropriate room
- Disinfected the entire kitchen
- Washed the kitchen windows/window sill
- Washed all the dishes, pots and pans
- Put away said pots and pans
- Disinfected the half bathroom (toilet/counters)
- Cleaned the cat box
- Two loads of laundry
- Cleaned off the dining room table, gave it a good wash
- Finally emptied all our luggage and put it away
- De-furred the couch
- Brushed all 3 cats really well
- Swept, vacuumed, and mopped the entire downstairs