Archive for March, 2013

Here it is. Spring time again. Time for all of us to embrace the spring cleaning craze. Why is it that we all want to make updates and changes to the inside of our homes when what we really want is to be outside in the sunshine?

Maybe it’s because we are all stuck inside during the cold winter months and we want to spruce it up. Maybe we are tired of looking at the same old thing day after day after day. Maybe it’s the tax returns.

At my house, we are still getting snow. Cabin fever has set in and is working overtime. We haven’t even had a decent enough day to open the windows and air out the house. I’ve been out to inspect the gardens in search of the early spring crocus blooms and have found a couple. The tulips have started their journey in search of sun and I so desperately want to rake away the leaves from fall and clean up the gardens, lay down mulch and till up the veggie garden, but I know I cannot. I’m afraid the lingering cold temps and impending threat of more snow might damage the young growth. So I go back inside and sit and contemplate inside projects.

This is the list:
1. Build loft beds for both boys to increase usable space in their rooms.
2. Complete little man’s redesign with a few decorations and putting the chosen toys back in there. (Thus
removing them from the living room!)
3. Unused toys will be sorted and a select few will be stored in the living room for visiting children.
4. Build shelves for toy storage in the living room.
5. Repaint the kitchen/dining/living room.
6. Tile backsplash project in kitchen.
7. Build nooks on either side of the sliding glass door to create launch pads.

The list is actually longer, but I have decided that the remaining items will wait until late summer or fall. I just want the main part of the house in order before we stop spending any real time in there. Most of the items on my list will improve function and eliminate the clutter that has been plaguing me all winter and hopefully reduce the required cleaning on a daily basis.

Don’t judge me, I did said “hopefully”. I have no delusions that anyone other than me will end up utilizing the storage solutions provided.

I believe that the supplies needed for the building projects (minus the backsplash) will be purchased this weekend. I will post updates as we go, pictures included. I plan on completing the repainting before the newly built storage items are installed so I guess it’s time for a trip to Menards for the paint.

What’s on your list while we wait for the real arrival of Spring?

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The weekend before last I was finally able to complete the painting project in the little one’s room. I also got the carpet shampooed, again. Have I mentioned how much I HATE carpet?

We set up his room with just the furniture, the toys remain in the large boxes in the living room, and he loves it! He is sleeping in there every night!

We also went through all of the clothes in his closet. I let him do the sorting. It was good for him. He was able to let go of items because they were too small or had holes and was even willing to help bag them up to go to my sister for her younger boys.

I know I promised pictures, but it’s not yet completed as we have a bed to build and some more decorating to do.

After we completed the project, I asked him: “So what toys do you want in your room?”

His reply surprised me. “I guess I did have a lot of stuff I don’t need in there. I like it neat and clean the way it is now.”

I think we have had a hoarding break through! He is even making his bed and vacuuming so it stays that way. I am a very proud mama!

He is requesting a storage solution for his Legos that will fit in the bottom of his closet so his room doesn’t end up cluttered again and maybe some shelves so he can display his favorite builds. He later told me he would like a gun cabinet, which freaked me out until he said it was for his nerf guns. I’ve been looking at the gun racks that mount to the wall, but mechanic man said they aren’t designed for bulky nerf guns. He is opting to build a custom rack when he builds the bed. I think it would be adorable.

We are getting ready for spring, so even the kids have been helping around the house lately. They are doing more maintenance than cleaning, but what I clean has been staying that way. I even saw my little one with the duster!

The snow on the first day of spring dampened our resolve though. Last night was unproductive.

Mechanic Man has finally joined me and agrees that a tile backsplash in the kitchen would be a nice upgrade, fairly inexpensive, and quite possibly a fun project to do. He even helped me pick out the tiles. He prefers the glass tiles for easy cleaning. I am very excited!

How are your spring cleaning projects coming along? Has spring arrived where you are? I know Sobomama has mowed her lawn twice this week. Yes, I am jealous! Mechanic Man has plowed twice this week. 😦

I have noticed that my CDO might be getting a little worse. I mentioned this to my husband after I folded a load of towels. After I completed folding the pile that was on the bed, I noticed that they were stacked in order by color, red-purple. Now, I do not have all the colors of the rainbow, but what I had, was in that order. I wish I had taken a picture.

I pulled them out of the pile, grabbing them in order, folded them, stacked them in piles on the bed and even the stacks were in order of color. I think I am going to buy all white towels.

My loving husband then mentioned to me that I spent about 5 hours cleaning the house on Saturday. I did, and I was quite proud of the results! He then mentioned he noticed a few things. Like the fact that I pulled the washer and dryer out and vacuumed behind them and dusted the wires and hoses. He also noticed that all of the trim in the house had been dusted. He assumed that I pulled out the fridge and stove and vacuumed behind them as well. (I did) And then he asked me why?

Because it needed to be done. Seriously, it was gross!

His response was, “no one will ever see it”.

OH MY GOSH! My heart nearly pounded out of my chest! What do you mean that no one will ever see it? Why on earth does it matter if they can see it? It’s there, and it’s dirty, it needed to be cleaned. Hello!

Maybe I am a little over the edge.

I don’t think that being a little CDO over cleaning is a bad thing though.

And that cleaning made it possible for me to do absolutely nothing on Sunday. We watched 4 movies as a family, ate a great homemade breakfast, had a grab whatever lunch and had meatloaf and mashed potatoes for dinner with chocolate ice cream for dessert! It was the best Sunday in a long time. We never even got dressed!

What’s your most recent best Sunday? What do you and yours do when you don’t want to do anything?

The unproductive weekend seems to have taken over my entire week. Other than cleaning up after Mr. Poopsalot (seems as though he’s had a relapse) I haven’t done much. And you know what? I think I am okay with that. I am always talking about how far behind I feel when I read Sobomama‘s blog, but the truth is, we are all individual’s, each with our own specific needs and wants. I want and need to spend more time with my boys. The house also needs to be organized. It needs it because I personally cannot handle chaos. Everything has a place and it should be in it. If it doesn’t have one, get rid of it!

So I threw my to-do list out for a week. It will still be there later. Staring me in the face making me feel behind again on another day.

Mechanic Man and I took the boys to the pool last night. It was wonderful. Relaxing, fun, energizing, and it nearly killed the cabin fever we have all had the past few weeks.

I realized that I am completely out of shape and that my boys are fish! Or at least part fish. Last night was the first of many I think. It may become a weekly trip. It’s definately affordable at only $5 for the family. My everywheres felt the laps I swam, and they still feel it today. That is a good thing, I think?!?

But it aggrivated little man’s ear. We had a suspicion that he might be fighting an ear infection after his week long illness but it seemed to be getting better. He has an appointment this afternoon.

They are off school until next Tuesday, so I think we will be having some family fun for the next 3 days. Maybe that to-do list will wait another weekend? The boys worked together picking up the trash and such that they failed to take care of previously, so the house looks decent. Still need to paint that room though.

Either way….I think I’m okay with that.

So I posted yesterday about Mr. Poopsalot and that Dad was cleaning up the Tuesday morning droppings; (the dog is feeling better by the way) After I shampooed twice the night before and covered the entire carpet with baking soda, opened the window (20 degrees outside) put a towel under the door (to keep the rest of the house from freezing) and returned hours later to vacuum just before collapsing into bed. Have I mentioned how much I despise carpet? I came home yesterday, the door to his room was open and no one said anything to me about the floor needing my attention.

I moved on with my evening, homework, a walk in the snow with Mechanic Man, cooking, minimal cleaning, arguing over the homework, arguing over the tv show, arguing, arguing, arguing and arguing followed by putting my 2 little angels to bed. 🙂 This is when I found out that he could not sleep in his room becuase it smelled. Like poop. Upon inspection of the floor, I find that Dad simply removed the thickness from the top of the carpet. Fabulous! Now it is dried into the fibers of the carpet which will require far more cleaning than I am willing to do at bed time (9pm) and I am throughly exhausted from all of the arguing earlier in the evening. So he slept on the couch….AGAIN! The son, not the hubby.

After doing all the things that are required before laying my head on a pillow, I enter my room to the sound of some car show on the tv. Great. (enter ugly look here). I crawl into bed looking forward to disappearing from this world for the next seven hours in hopes to get a decent nights sleep. (I’ve been waking with pain and numbness from my back, oh and the nightmares.) And I feel Mechanic Man rub my back. At first I think, that’s sooo sweet. And then I realized, I was going to pretend to be sleeping even when I was not. I was mad at him. This is ridiculous!

Should I go to bed mad? No. But I was in no mood to chat or anything else, and I definately did not have the energy to explain to him what was wrong. And I certainly did not want to try and have yet another conversation in between his non-stop texts. So I slept. And I did get a fairly good nights sleep.

This morning I awoke to the chaos I had come home to the night before. No one knows where the trash can is, where groceries can be returned to after use or what the dishwasher is used for. Coffee, I need coffee. I almost had a coronary when I went to the coffee pot and found milk spilled on the counter, fresh. Really!?!?! You know you did it, wipe it up!

I think I need a vacation from me. I need to go away somewhere where no one knows my name, no one needs anything from me, the place I am at should be cleaned by someone else and someone needs to bring me my food for once. I don’t want to hear any negative statements, or notifications of a new text, just silence. Just for a day or a night. Oh, and there should be wine. Definately wine.

Somehow, my BFF sobomama always seems to make me feel like I’m falling behind on the road to having an organized home. Even when she takes the weekend off to be “Mommy of the year”.

My weekend was also sidetracked. Not to my choosing as was hers. I did the one thing that my mother told me I couldn’t do when I was a kid a few years ago. My youngest wanted a space themed room painted dark navy blue like the night sky. So I did it. It’s just paint. It can be changed at the drop of a hat. (Have I mentioned I LOVE to paint?) And he loved it! It turned out exactly as we had envisioned it. And then the Mayan’s predicted the end of the world and everyone started talking about a zombie apocolypse. (Enter ginormous sigh here and related “I despise the discovery channel for airing things like this” look)

So for nearly a year, he has been sleeping in his room less, protesting more about going to bed and informing me he was scared to sleep in there. Really? He made the choice on his room design, not me! And then it hit me, like a ton of bricks, my mom had already thought that through all those years ago. Knowing that I was at an age where she would not be around to monitor what I watched or read, or what my evil older sister told me every waking minute of the day. That was why I couldn’t paint my room black. Now I get it.

So, the money saved for the main part of the house re-paint was allocated to purchasing a lighter colored paint for the energetic and oh so snuggly when he wants something child. He was also able to find several decals for the walls as well, which I quickly put on the after its painted wait list. But he seems over joyed with the prospect of liking his room again so I too am happy for the change.

So we drug in giant boxes for the boys to empty his room full of toys he does not play with into so I could get in and start the remodel. Sore back, (yes it is still bothering me) and up a ladder I went to remove the 1000 glow in the dark stars that were on the walls when I was informed that he does not want to get rid of those, he would like them on the ceiling. Repurposing, I’m good with that.

So that is what I did on Friday, Saturday was grocery shopping and general house clean up (with a lot of heat and ice for the back, bending backwards to place 1000 glow in the dark stars to the ceiling was not the best choice for a lower back injury) and Sunday we spent together as a family. We went to Lake Michigan to watch the ice bergs, only to find out that there weren’t any. So we went home and I made a pot of Chili for dinner and we watched movies through our eye lids in the living room.

Monday evening was spent shampooing the carpet seeing as the middle dog decided that the clean floor space would be the perfect place to get sick. And then again a little while after I got it done, and again this morning. Dad cleaned that one up, not sure if he shampooed.

Completely unproductive weekend and my house shows the proof.

I will post about the room remodel though, looks like there might be a fort bed in the making?