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Dumpster Diaries: Kitchen to Closet UPDATE

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hauling the island into the house

We wanted a kitchen type island in the closet, for folding clothes, etc. Found one at a garage sale for $80.00 that was PERFECT!

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removed the locking wheels from the feet, after discovering only 2 would lock. Maisie would be pushing this all over the room with wheels! Also, the height is better for me minus the wheels-

All we have to do now is get rid of the 2 antique waterfall dressers and put more closet systems in.

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the lack of room will take some getting used to

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don’t mind my messy shelves… still haven’t tidied up in here

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Dumpster Diaries: Decluttering When I Can’t Do Anything Else- More Kitchen Progress!nom

I am feeling very accomplished now- even if it’s only a little bit at a time

As I wrote in my earlier post, I’ve been purging thanks to my Facebook friend Marilyn, who introduced me to Flylady.net this month.I am still gaga over the microfiber cloths that I bought on Amazon!

on the ‘flight plan’ today from flylady.net was the fridge- this thing is SOOO clean now, thanks to those microfiber cloths!

On the ‘flight plan’ was the refrigerator. I pared down all the ‘art’, school stuff, old reminders, magnets and threw away the bread and crap that R always puts up there to keep safe from the Newfs (if you put loaves on bread on the counter, they WILL eat it- ugh). I normally use stainless steel appliance spray to clean and shine the thing, but a wet microfiber cloth did the trick-followed by a shine with a dry one!

In the midst of the cleaning frenzy, I spied my cousin outside the house on his motorcycle, so I went out there to meet him… he wasn’t there, but I found a banana and small apple near the door. He’s my #1 prime suspect for gnome bestower. He won’t even admit to leaving the fruit! Maisie enjoyed the banana, but she threw the apple over the side of the porch rail…

Prime suspect for gnome leaver is my cousin… I saw him on his motorcycle through the window- and when I went outside, I found a banana by my door. Maisie enjoyed it.

I continued to work in the kitchen while he was tracing the electrical from the room to the breaker box yesterday.

BEFORE pic of the gross microwave area in my kitchen

The cloths worked like magic on my electric kettle and coffee maker!

After pic of kettle

this is the best my coffee maker has looked since I bought it!

I tackled the disgusting microwave and the surrounding counter. I almost didn’t do this. SO yucky! I had 27 things to throw away (well, I have to do this daily), so I opted to throw tea boxes and old bread.

getting rid of the boxes of tea and putting them all in one wicker box

I have seen this done in restaurants

I HOPE I remember that the tea is in here!

Moving the microwave completely grossed me out! I am so angry with myself for letting this go as long as I did.

I was in shock when I moved the microwave. Just disgusting!

underneath *shudder*

AFTER!!! Now I hope it STAYS like this.

After I finished the microwave area, R informed me that the electricity in the house was being turned off, so Maisie and I retired to the front porch. She found my mother’s magazines on the couch and started to tear them to pieces read them. C decided to mow the lawn and take the trash out while our house was dark, too, which was fantastic of him!

It was a very productive day yesterday and I am looking forward to doing the taping/mudding/spackling of the back room today!
  

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Dumpster Diaries: Purging Other Rooms with the Help of Flylady.Net and THE MIRACLE OF MICROFIBER CLEANING CLOTHS!

Since I my hands are tied 4 days a week from working on the 2 rooms we’re supposed to focus on (R works 14 hours most days), I am focusing on other rooms and clutter… particularly, the kitchen.

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flylady.net is a fantastic website devoted to teaching folks how to keep their homes clean

A friend introduced me to this fantastic site, Flylady.net, which is devoted to teaching people how to manage their chaos and keep their houses clean. It’s been an invaluable tool thus far for me… even though I am still a FlyBaby and haven’t read everything yet.

The first thing they want you to do every morning and before bed is to make sure the sink is empty and shining- totally dried off. I’ve been doing this all week, which is a big deal because I DETEST doing dishes. I removed the dish drainer from the counter permanently and now have the dishes going straight into the dishwasher… and put up promptly when they’re done. I’ve been slowly cleaning off my counter tops and throwing away 27 things every day.

this is the emptiest and tidiest my counters have been since the baby was born

this is the emptiest and tidiest my counters have been since the baby was born

It’s a start and I am pretty proud of myself.

They also advocate doing laundry daily (done) and the use of microfiber cloths for cleaning. I had never used them prior to this and am so impressed with how much I can now clean WITHOUT the use of cleaning products. Amazon had a deal for 48 cloths for $22.99, which I snapped up.

I had given up keeping my stainless range clean of oil splatters. In the past I’ve purchased every cleaner known to man and even scratched the hell out of it with scrub pads to no avail. When I read that I could pretty much get it looking nearly-new with just WATER AND 2 MICROFIBER CLOTHS, I snapped them up and went to work.

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Left side, not done. Right side, cleaned with just a wet (with water) microfiber and a dry one to shine it

Holy CRAP- it works! I am still in shock!

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example of persistent grease splatters and scratches from my earlier scrubbing endeavors

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water and microfiber won’t remove my scratches (I don’t think), but it DID remove the oily spots! I’m a convert!

These cloths have already cleaned a majority of my kitchen without resorting to using nasty chemicals- just plain ole water! If I have a tougher job, I will use white vinegar or Dawn dish soap- and it’s worked! I’ve also cut down on my paper towel usage by using these things, too.

I have to confess that I *do* love the smell of bleach in a clean house, but haven’t used bleach with these microfiber cloths and won’t.

Tomorrow I will be doing the fridge, throwing more items away, and starting on our counter top that houses the microwave and coffee maker.

The main theme of the Flylady site is that it didn’t get messy overnight, so don’t try to clean it all at once- which is a terrific reminder! I set the timer on my phone in 5 min increments and devote only that amount of time to any particular spot in the ‘zone’ I am working in. My house may still be a chaotic hell hole, but it’s coming together at a steady pace now!

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Part 3 of the Dumpster Diaries: The Upstairs Kitchen is a pain in the ASS and there’s now a BAT in the Basement

If you’re just seeing this post for the first time, parts 1 and 2 are here and here.

I live in a 102 yr old house that is long on rooms (7 bedrooms) and short on closet space. It was divided into 2 apartments around 1929 (hello Great Depression) and we’re the first single family to dwell in the house since then. As a result, I have an upstairs kitchen that I really don’t need and a downstairs one. I have an old servant’s bedroom off of the downstairs kitchen that I use as my ‘closet/clothing room’. I need to gut that room and turn it into another office/studio space for my oldest son… and eventually a playroom/tv room for Maisie when he leaves. My master bedroom is directly off of the upstairs kitchen. I want to turn that space into my clothing room. Currently, it is a storage room for forgotten furniture and junk.
 
Woke up at 11:30 am, not exactly bright eyed and bushy tailed… not long after we’d woken up and I’d given the baby her breakfast, people started showing up out of the blue on my porch.

the first batch of Maisie's callers today... this girl has a far busier social life than I ever could!

the first batch of Maisie’s callers today… this girl has a far busier social life than I ever could!

We had about 10 visitors today- Maisie had a fantastic time.

Got her to nap- FINALLY- and thought “wow, ok, time to start on the upstairs kitchen”

Nope. She woke up within 10 minutes of that thought.

Isn't this cute? Apparently a 20 minute nap is all she needs to leave her refreshed and gorgeous. Wish she'd sleep MORE!

Isn’t this cute? Apparently a 20 minute nap is all she needs to leave her refreshed and gorgeous. Wish she’d sleep MORE!

I was informed by R that he heard a squeaking/rustling noise last night in the basement when he went to do laundry. My youngest son confirmed it today when HE went to put clothes into the washing machine.

Great, we have a possible bat in the house. Not the baseball kind, either.

I can't be sure, but this is what I envision in my head to be lurking in my basement

I can’t be sure, but this is what I envision in my head to be lurking in my basement

So I asked my oldest to watch Maisie while my youngest and I did laundry in the basement. I needed the boy with me as a witness just incase I was bitten by something and died of rabies on the concrete floor. Yes, I am a super chicken. I don’t care who knows.

I WISH this was my laundry room, but it isn't- mine resembles a dark, dank, scary dungeon- with squeaky bat noises now

I WISH this was my laundry room, but it isn’t- mine resembles a dark, dank, scary dungeon- with squeaky bat noises now

We did whites. I separated them and added the detergent and bleach while the (almost) 17 year old looked on.

C: “why are you separating the colors from the whites and why are you putting that stuff (BLEACH) in? I just use the soap”

Me: “That’s why your clothes look dingy when you wash them- you’re SUPPOSED TO separate them first and do this

I shook my head at his comment, because I’ve showed him probably 102 times how to separate/wash these clothes. It doesn’t compute in the male mind, evidently.

We didn’t see any bats- but C could hear the squeaking and rustling noise. I am hard of hearing, so I could not.

I figure, if it dies in the ductwork I will have to call someone to clean the ducts- which I’ve needed to do for years. A potentially dead and rotting bat is all the impetus I need to finally call the duct cleaners.

After a couple of loads of laundry, I said screw it and hauled the boy to the kitchen upstairs. My oldest was still watching the little girl for me, thank goodness.

We threw out SIXTEEN huge garbage bags of things and old boxes, etc- and still did NOT MAKE EVEN A DENT in that room!

this was AFTER 12 garbage bags had already been taken out of here

this was AFTER 12 garbage bags had already been taken out of here- the stove will be junked, too.

I have antique furniture stacked in there and there’s no way I can move that stuff by myself. We have boxes of old dvd movies and games- again, this is not my domain. R needs to sort through them.

there is no rhyme nor reason to the 'storage' in this room

there is no rhyme nor reason to the ‘storage’ in this room

I have a fridge and stove in there, too. I will junk the stove- let one of the scrappers take it- and maybe switch out for fridge for one my dad gave me that’s been in my garage for 2 yrs.

this room actually leads to another pantry full of antique linens and antique fiesta ware

this room actually leads to another pantry full of antique linens and antique fiesta ware

I called it a day after we threw out the last 5 bags, etc. I think I will start on my clothing room downstairs (throwing stuff out) tomorrow instead. It will be easier to look after Maisie at the same time if I do that room. All of the things in my clothing room are MINE and I don’t need help with that.

Wardrobe to Narnia. I am half-tempted to go there and leave this hell hole I call a house.

Wardrobe to Narnia.
I am half-tempted to go there and leave this hell hole I call a house.