Unfuck the house

Today is the day for Unfuck The House!

We’ve been doing super basic things (cleaning the dog room, mopping/cleaning up any accidents, doing basic laundry–work clothes and towels, doing the dishes, cleaning cat boxes), but we haven’t had a chance to do things like clean the windows, deep clean the house, dust, etc.

We’ve also decided it’s time to start fresh. Clean slate.

We’re going through out stuff while we clean. Trash, Donate, Sell (Allen and Nanny have decided they want to have a yard sale in the next couple weeks, so we can throw some stuff in there). I’ve found a toy to give Mom as well as my aunt Billie. I’ve also realized that apparently we like to hide blankets from ourselves (for real, 3 different totes had at least one blanket or duvet in it that we completely forgot about)

We’ve also agreed to move the craft room from the extra room to back into the basement. I’ll have more space and I’ll be less likely to lose anything else to the cats. Now I’ve got to figure out how I’m going to set up my fabric holders.

On the plus side, we emptied 2 totes of stuff already, found jackets we forgot we had (winter jackets that were given to us), the blanket my grandma crocheted for me (squee), we gave Firefly 2 of our toys (they have sewn on eyes instead of the plastic ones).

I told Jamie I want to keep the sewing table Dad gave me upstairs and he agreed. Mainly because that fucker is heavy and I hate moving it.

Hopefully I’ll be able to find comics that I’d made, or at least the tracers I need for bits. I don’t know if we’ll be moving all the notebooks downstairs too *shrug* Who knows.

I have a mimosa in my cactus cup to keep me going along with a Kickstart (woo, uppers and downers!)

But, we can do this.

Clean slate. Start fresh.

I feel great. I have energy. I hurt a lot, but I can get through this.


to-do is a sad case of ta-dah

Sitting down to take a “small” break and charge my phone, so I can continue cleaning and singing loudly and off-key. I realized earlier this morning that I think I know why I sing the way I do–it’s because I grew up listening to Aerosmith and the like and being encouraged to sing along in the car. Oh well. I’m not going to win any awards and I sing for my own sheer amusement (and to weird out the dogs).

So, I’ve got a few things to do today…

  • clean kitchen
    • mop
    • dishes
    • figure out what Jamie wants to cook
  • mop hallway (cuz rain makes muddy paws and there’s mud all over the floor)
  • sweep/mop livingroom (again)
  • clean dog room (again)
    • I swear, I did the living room and the dog room 2 days ago
  • dog laundry
    • thankfully it’s not as much as it was last week
  • human laundry
    • work stuff
    • blankets
    • towels. so many towels
  • desk
    • clean off and around the desk
    • I can kind of see the surface!
    • put the yellow and purple yarn up
  • clean backpack
    • tossed lunch box (apparently an apple exploded in there)
    • re-arrange backpack
  • pick up trash
    • this is an ongoing issue with cats and dogs who like to knock over trash bins
    • take things to outside trash and recycle bins
  • shower
    • (yes, I have to remind myself to shower)
    • wash hair (I do this once a week because my scalp hates me, but it does better with a once-a-week cleaning. and I got a new shampoo to try!)
  • bathe dogs
    • bathe Bug, specifically.
    • Firefly needs her medicated bath, the Frito smell is more pungent than normal
  • Clean craft room
    • cat boxes
    • sweep, mop
    • toss anything that Carrot has destroyed
      • he may be a little shit for the most part, but he’s helping my hoarding tendencies.
      • little bastard broke my Princess House dolphin. that thing survived 20+ years! With me! only to be broken by a little shit of a cat

I’d add

  • pull grasses from around rose vine
    • because they’re dead and I’m seeing growth on my rose vine
    • and I love my poor rose vine
  • make notes for flower beds in front of house to fix, clean up, de-grass, mulch, etc
  • cut grass/elderberry from between fences (our fence and our property line fence that’s like 1.5 ft tall)

But, it’s raining. Again. And I was hoping to have decent enough weather to go out and work on it. Especially where the elderberry and unknown-vine stuff is because after a while wall crabs start to inhabit the area and I can’t get back there. Jamie can’t go back there because of the poison ivy (we kill it, it comes back. our neighbor kills it, it comes back. I think it’s because our neighbors across the street encourage it to grow around their front porch). And yeah. Neuroses, phobia, and allergies are a killer combination when trying to do yard upkeep.

And, it feels like no matter what I’m doing, I’m never going to finish. The dogs and cats are put up so I can go up and down the basement steps without having to worry about someone going through the messed up window (which we can’t fully repair until it gets warm enough for me to clean the dead leaves out of the sill and to epoxy up so we can hammer a wooden board across because I don’t know how to seamlessly board it up). Dog laundry is being ran, dishes are being found and put on the counter so they can be washed (including my stash of utensils from my backpack due to the exploded apple). The living room needs a basic sweep/mop, but I’ll do that when the kitchen is swept/mopped. Human laundry has been thrown into a tote to be taken downstairs, my desk looks better (almost as though Jamie’s cleaned it! haha), and I’m sure I’ll find socks or dishes in various parts of the house that need to be cleaned.

The cats have been fed, the dogs will be fed soon. Dogs will probably be bathed on a day when Jamie and I are off at the same time (or I have enough clean towels)

And, my phone is back to 100%, so this means I can continue the dorkiness of singing loudly off-key and cleaning

Making scrubbies

Last week or so, Jamie realized that our latest dish sponge (aka: scrubbie) was really gross but didn’t want to go to the store just to buy a new one. I figured, I have a bunch of yarn, some of which I have no idea what to do with right now, why not see if I can knit a scrubbie?

I had seen a blog post about a year or so ago where someone had knitted a couple, but never mentioned if they were any good when it came to actually washing dishes. So, winging it, I made one, used it for washing the dishes, and it worked really well. Then I realized I should probably make a bigger size since Jamie has larger hands than I do.

He pointed out that both sizes have their advantages: the larger one is great for basic wipe-downs and the smaller one is really good for scrubbing the dried-on grease parts (or, in our case, burned on seasoning). He also said I should make them to see if I can sell a few. People like reusable things, people like being Green, and you just never know.

So, onwards to the next experiment: washing and drying these things.

They didn’t break up in the washer, which I was afraid of, and they survived the dryer. I threw these in with a load of dog-stuff (which I think is the best test) and they came out fine. I thought one of the scrubbies had shrunk, but it didn’t. It just flattened out a little bit, but I was able to start using it again as the dish scrubbie and it’s been fine. It continued to manage to get the burned on grease-and-seasoning lump off one of the pans.

Then, the latest experiment that I wasn’t intending but happened anyway: Dog Crates.

The scrubbies work really well for scrubbing accidents off of dog crates as well as scrubbing ceramic tile (downside is there’s still a hint of rust from the edge of the dog crate still on the ceramic tile, but it needs more than just Dr Bronner’s and a scrubbie)

The 2 sizes that I’ve made. The quarter is just for sizing references.

The photo is of the two newest ones I’ve made to mainly show size. The larger one is roughly the size of …a coffee mug or one of those plastic scrubbies, the smaller one is probably roughly the size of a brillo pad. (it’s also almost the same size as the palm of my hand, so it’s great for little hands/fingers)

I have considered seeing if I can sell these, especially to people who have pets. Unlike regular scrubbies that you can get at the store, these are washable (and who wants to put a pet scrubbie in your microwave to “kill the germs”?), and you can even use them for reptile tanks. I used one of these for our Dante’s tank and it worked so much better than trying to use a store-bought scrubbie.

They’re easy to keep track of, easy to separate if you don’t want to cross-contaminate even after washing and drying them. They can go in the same load as towels. And, if you prefer the all-plastic scrubbies that look like these, the knitted ones are so much easier on your fingers. I haven’t scratched the pots, pans, and baking sheets with these. I’ve cleaned knives and forks with these and the most that happened was that I thought I pulled string out but it was where the fork when through the little holes between the stitches and everything was fine.

They’re pretty fun and I’ve been enjoying them. (and hey, it also beats having a slimy dish rag in the sink)