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Cleaning 'Spree! (Get it?)


Over the last couple of weeks I've been really feeling the spring cleaning bug, and I'm rather pleased at some of the progress I've made so far:
  • Last week I finally finished staining the set of Ivar shelves I bought at Ikea like, oh, a year ago. Tired of the pale pine wood, I decided to stain it a darker chestnut to offset my beige walls, but OY! I'll never do THAT again. Still, for the effort they turned out quite nicely. I'm going to put them at the head of my bed to function as shelves and a headboard/nightstand, which will replace the little nightstand table I've been using (which belongs to Myke and John). I'm also hoping I'll be able to put enough stuff in it from the behemoth of a bookshelf unit in my room opposite my bed so I can get rid of that, too (which also belongs to Myke and John).

  • I also finally put together the CD rack I also got at Ikea around the same time. It doesn't quite hold all my CDs, but at least now they're up off the floor. I'm going to put this in my newly-stained shelves.

  • Yesterday I took advantage of a starving student moving sale and bought a 4-drawer dresser. Yeah it's laminated pressboard from Target, but it's in good condition and I got it for $25. Moreover it's a step above UNlaminated pressboard, which is what the 3-shelf unit under my window is made of that this dresser will now replace. (Those shelves also belong to Myke and John, although I may continue to use them where the behemoth shelves will soon, with luck, no longer be.)

  • I also bought the wire storage shelves she had and was thinking they might fit in the kitchen to help store some of my stuff (since the cabinet I bought when I first moved in to store my food is overflowing at the moment), or perhaps to help alleviate the other stuff that's accumulated in the kitchen, but John has grand plans for the kitchen so that won't work. I also toyed with using it to organize some of my stuff in the garage, but I don't think that's going to work, either. Instead I'm going to use it to replace the two nightstands I have in the bottom of my closet. They both have two drawers, but they're not really big enough to hold all my socks and stuff, so I'm going to get rid of them and use these drawers instead. (They match the dresser I have at the foot of my bed, all of which I got from Koi when he moved back to Montreal, which I am also considering getting rid of as well if I can fit all that stuff into the dresser I'm putting under the window, which I just might be able to do.)

  • I am considering getting risers for my bed. I have 4 long flat storage containers that just barely fit under my bed that I use to store all my SCA garb in, but because they're hard to get to (admittedly because my room is a mess) all my garb is still sitting out from after having washed it after last Pennsic (and this Pennsic is only a month and a half away!). Maybe if I make it easier to get in and out of I'll put them away sooner this year. Still, not sure if I want to be another 6" off the ground or not, but I suppose it doesn't matter.

  • Needless to say all this new furniture and moving stuff around is making me get into my room and clean, organize and throw things away - hooray! After going through my closet, a couple of boxes and several piles in my room I've got three bags full of old clothes I'm going to get rid of, I've thrown away two bags of recyclables (all paper - I get so much mail I don't need!), and I've thrown away at least one trash bag full of stuff. Yay for me!

  • A couple of weeks ago I bought a Dirt Devil at Target for the house since it's much easier to do things like the steps with it. I bought the Ultra model but really just wanted a Classic but they didn't have any last night when I went to exchange it (and it doesn't look like retailers carry it anymore) so I just stuck with the Ultra. I used them to vaccuum the steps when I got home - no more Indy hair! Yay! I loves my Dirt Devil, and it'll come in handy as I'm cleaning hard to reach spots in my room.

  • After G'con I made sure everyone took back the stuff that belonged to other cons and could be stored elsewhere. What was left will be used for SDQSF, including a box of giveaways that we will, uh, give away at Pride at the end of July. w00t.

  • After I'm done with my room the family room is next. Since the stuff from G'con is either gone or in the garage, it's mostly just my stuff that I need to straighten up. It's been clean before, it'll be clean again. (Maybe clean enough to have another LYC pot luck sometime soon - as my mother always says, if it weren't for parties the house would never get clean!)

  • The garage is still a mess, but at least now the shelves I stained are out of there and there's less G'con stuff. I really need to cull the LYC stuff, and throw away some empty boxes I have in there for no good reason. Hopefully that'll make a dent.
So, yeah, that's a lot. It's a process that's been going on for the past several weeks, and will be ongoing bit by bit, little by little. Now that G'con is over I'm finding this is a productive and worthwhile way to spend my time... at least until the next big project comes along. :D In the meantime I'm just riding this wave of spring cleaning fever, which I'm sure pleases my roommates to no end!

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downeastmike
Jun. 18th, 2004 11:19 am (UTC)
(and this Pennsic is only a month and a half away!)

Panic time! Not ready not ready. Go go go go go go GO!!!!
esprix
Jun. 18th, 2004 11:20 am (UTC)
No new garb for me this year, unless you count my annual spending spree (get it?) at T'Ger's. Plus if I bring Quincy I'll have to let him borrow stuff from my wardrobe.
jkusters
Jun. 18th, 2004 11:20 am (UTC)
which I'm sure pleases my roommates to no end!

You have no idea....

:-)

JOhn.
esprix
Jun. 18th, 2004 11:20 am (UTC)
Hey, when the spirit moves me, I run with it. Be careful, though - it might be contagious. ;)
jkusters
Jun. 18th, 2004 11:28 am (UTC)
I made some efforts recently, but when no-one else seemed to care, I gave it up (the CD cabinet was a part of my anti-clutter campaign, as was my aborted attempt at cleaning up the clutter in the computer room which resulted in the pile of Lego and other computer detritus currently occupying the space in front of the sewing machine). I currently am in a funk about it. As I grow more into my homeowner status, I find I want to keep a significantly cleaner house, not to mention a more well-maintained yard. But no-one else seems to share that vision, and I'll be damned before I try to fight the constant tide of untidiness that pervades our house. I've been sublimating with planting in containers.

JOhn.
esprix
Jun. 18th, 2004 12:27 pm (UTC)
I may not be perfect, but I'm at least making an attempt to do my part. Like I said, I'm riding the wave of energy now before it peters out.
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