Monday, July 26, 2010

The Clean Team

Today was Day #1 of our 'Cleaning & Organization Week'. I was excited to get started but life had other plans. A friend needed our help watching her dogs while she had to run out of town at the last minute. We were happy to help. Sweet Pea went over this morning with Dave before he left for work. BUT she left the key she was given in the van which Dave took to work. Ack! I ended up having to drive 45 minutes to go get the keys. Dave used his lunch break to meet me halfway. What a guy! Since I had to go out I decided to get my trip to the Sleep Center out of the way. I picked up my new BIPAP mask and then ran to Lowe's & the Dollar Tree. By the time I was done with all my running I had been gone almost 3 hours. Then we had to go let the dogs out at our friend's. When we got home we all took a break for lunch & then finally got started.


I picked up these nail aprons at Lowe's to add a little fun as we tackled our cleaning. I also picked up a few extra buckets & cleaning supplies. Go team!

Isn't she cute?

I decided to start with the videos. Little did I know what I had started!
I didn't realize how many videos we have. I had cleaned out before we moved 2 years ago but more have come in the door. Plus they are kept in 3 different places in the house which hid how many they really were. Wow!
Princess was good as gold. She was into the videos trying to help bless her little heart. It was where she couldn't walk anymore since the floor was covered so Sweet Pea put her in here with some toys. She played & played.

Elvis sorting videos.

While Elvis & I worked on the videos, (sorting, matching covers to videos, cleaning out), Bugs & Boo scrubbed both the laundry room/pantry & kitchen floors. They did great!

Sweet Pea did some little odd jobs & then came over to help us with the videos.
It was a HUGE job!
Elvis & Sweet Pea brought down all the videos from upstairs. He was proud that he thought of using his apron pockets to help out.

Working hard!

Boo joined the troops in the living room.

Time for an icy pop break!


4 hours later! Ta-Dah!
This is the downstairs entertainment center. The school & more expensive videos are in the office/schoolroom. The rest of the kids ones are upstairs in the family room for Quiet Time & bedtime.
I am proud to say we parted with ALL these videos!

We put all the videos in their new homes, vacuumed, picked up the doo-dads and we are done with our first major cleaning/organization project. My living room is back, baby!
Tomorrow we tackle the kitchen cabinets!


Rhonda said...

I love it, love it, love it! What a way to get a "Clean Team" going! My organization is done and everything is in it's place. The kids are really good at it, but how do you get rid of the hubby's things that are just piling up in a corner or in a closet. UGH! Please help. I need some ideas to get his things in order. What to do, what to do?

tammy said...

Way to go on getting a whole bucket of videos out of the house. And now the one that you do have are organized so they can be watched. :) I hate when my plans get all wonky by life happening, but you took it in stride and made the most of it. Winner of a day, Kristine!!! :)

Julia said...

It looks great!! I love the aprons... Princess looks especially cute.. hehe. I've been cleaning and organizing too and am also tackling the kitchen cabinets tomorrow!

Kristine said...

Rhonda, kudos on getting everything in it's place! Wow! I hope to get there & hopefully keep it there for at least a little bit. As for hubby's stuff I wish I knew. I've tried different things with Dave. At our old house we had a basement so I'd send most of his piles down there. Banished! Lol! Here he has a pile on his side of the closet & and tower of junk on his dresser. His drawers barely close. If I come up with any new ideas I'll let you know. =)

Kristine said...

Thanks for the cheers, ladies! That gears me up for another day tomorrow. =0) Julia, have fun with your cabinets tomorrow. Lol! I know I'll be spending quality time with mine. Hee, hee!

Fiona commercial cleaning said...

A very lovely team.
Good to read many of your personal stories.
I really enjoyed reading.
Keep it up.