Friday, March 27, 2009

Another two days of spring cleaning

We had to take a day off since my daughter missed her brother so much, but now we have her cousin (my sister's youngest boy) here to keep her company, and things are going great.

I didn't count on my kids missing each other so much, but they want to talk on the phone endlessly every night. I'm glad they love each other so much! I wonder how long it will take for the "love" to wear off once we get home, though. :) I can't really complain. My kids get along wonderfully.

Anyway, I finished the bathroom. It was a wonderful transformation, even if it did tax my organizational skills to the max. I had to constantly be thinking of what things worked together, what would make logical "groups", etc. My parents are terribly excited about it, too, so I'm glad I've come to help out. I guess it's like having your own "for-hire" organizer. I have the objectivity to throw things away. :)

Today we worked on the kitchen, but I'm not sure we're going to get it completed today. Even though it's a tiny hallway of a kitchen, there's a lot to cram into that little space. I started with the countertops, although most people might not do that. I knew that they needed the countertops cleared as much as possible since they only have two small sections to prepare food on. That part is done, with only the "used every day, can't even think about storing elsewhere" appliances at the deepest part of the counterspace. Already I like the open feeling.

Another thing I did was something I've implemented in my own kitchen. I put the drain tray under the sink (when it's not being used). It was taking up half the counter space, and that just doesn't make sense. Sure, it will take a little getting used to. But it's essential in a small kitchen. Taking those five minutes to hand dry the dishes really adds up to a lot of space saving!

We have tried nearly every product on the market to clean the burned-on grime on the stovetop. This has been a frustration for them ever since they got the stove. I think we finally hit on a solution: SOS oven cleaning pads. They're a no-fume alternative, so that's even better. I don't know if they are sold anymore, though, since my mom picked it up at a bent and dent store a long time ago.

So I'm not entirely done with the kitchen yet. I might be halfway done.

Last night we cleaned about half the refrigerator. I don't usually do things in halves, but we had some time to work with so we figured we might as well get something done. All I have to do in the refrigerator part is clean the drawers and the door. Then I have to tackle the freezer. Mostly that just needs a little organization, which is really hard in a side-by-side freezer when you have to add things a little at a time. So I'm hoping to be able to pull it all out and fit it all back in a logical manner. Fortunately there's another freezer downstairs if we just can't fit it all.

Well, I think that's all for now. Is anyone else elbow-deep in spring cleaning?


Paula and Skip said...

Hi, I sometimes stop by but till now I never left a comment. Mostly because English isnt my first language and I do still struggle. However I very much enjoy reading your blog, you have such a nice way of wording. Commenting here is my break of spring cleaning before I have to fly out tomm leaving my guy with a super clean flat. Not sure how I will get it back ;-) You seem to do a wonderful job over there. Paula

Sophia said...

Thanks Paula! I always love to hear what other people think! :)