fall cleaning

When I think of doing major, whole house cleaning, I usually think of spring. But since the bathroom debacle started, it feels like life has spun out of control so I’ve taken advantage of the unseasonably warm days we’ve been having to throw up the windows and clean out.

One of the hardest things about working full time is finding room in a busy schedule for things like this. I haven’t come up with any revolutionary master plan, so don’t get excited. Even though my friends sometimes joke and call me Martha Stewart for my baking and crocheting, I haven’t become a guru when it comes to making cleaning quicker (or more fun).

I think when you have a room under construction, keeping the house clean becomes even more stressful. While I once felt like my house pretty much always looked put together, it now feels like utter chaos. Things that were in the bathroom or linen closet are now in the guest room, the hole in our center hall seems even more apparent, and the dust kitties seem to be multiplying.

Yesterday the Man and I spent a good six hours outside, trimming trees, pulling ivy, cleaning out the flower beds, and beginning to put our summer stuff up in the loft of the garage for storage. While I might be sore today, I’m really grateful to look out the window and see a nice, tidy back yard. Today has been spent switching over from summer to fall in the drawers and closets and vacuuming all the nooks and crannies on the first floor.

I’m sure when today is over, I’ll look at the first floor of my house with a sense of peace, but right now I just want to curl up on the couch and crochet. Anyone else tacking their fall cleaning? I could use a support group 🙂

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