January 7, 2009

January 7, 2009

Posted in cleaning, daily to do lists, shopping tagged , , , , , , at 10:32 am by allisonwonder

Yesterday was pretty much a bust. Aside from getting groceries (and forgetting to take my list) and doing a few dishes, I was too damn tired to do anything.I did get some Christmas ornaments ridiculously cheap at the grocery store, though, and they actually fit in with the look I want to go for next year, which is good… also picked up some highly discounted wrapping paper (74 cents, down from $2.99) that’s not actually Christmas-themed, so I can use it all year, and some non-Christmasy “Christmas” ribbon for my cards… which are online now- http://dandeliondaisy.etsy.com

To Do:

dishes

wipe down kitchen counters & take care of stains

clean microwave (smells like cheese sausage)

wash floors (steam mop)

toilets

tidy living room/ dining room

cook supper (3-cheese macaroni)

scoop out litter box

clean bathtub

tidy basement play area

finish making mom’s birthday present

make beds

wash AJ’s work clothes

bake bread- buy butter first. :S

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January 5, 2009

January 5th, 2009

Posted in cleaning, daily to do lists tagged , , , , , at 10:04 am by allisonwonder

Yeah, yesterday wasn’t so productive, but you know what? That’s OK. I was tired, the boys were tired and cranky… at least we managed to get out to buy apple juice, and I didn’t give in to the temptation to get McDonald’s for lunch or supper. I made fettuccine with tomato sauce and shrimp last night- not bad.

I also got birthday cards made for a few more February family birthdays. I enjoy playing with my paper, ribbons, beads and glue sticks, but it’s not easy to do it unless the boyzos are in bed- otherwise I have curious little hands all over my stuff. It’s also a hassle to go downstairs, pick out whatever I think I’ll want to use (I don’t work from patterns or instructions), toss it all in a box, and bring it upstairs… and then haul it all back down when I’m done. This is one of the reasons Ike and Simon were going to be sharing a bedroom- AJ and I need a room for our stuff. The desk, his toys, maybe even the movies… my card-making stuff. I’m working on an area in the basement where I can work, but we’re not down there much right now.

There’s lots to do again today:

Today’s To Do:

Kitchen

dishes (as needed)

sweep

wipe countertops and sink

stains, spills and smudges


Bathroom

wipe sink and shower after use

hang up towels

put bath toys away

wipe counter and floor as needed


Living Room/ Dining Room

sweep floors, spot clean messes

tidy floor and flat surfaces

take baskets to appropriate rooms

Bedrooms

make beds

laundry in hampers


Basement

litter box- quick scoop

food and water for cats

 

Other:

laundry

groceries

activity planning for this week (at least one planned activity for the boys per day)

 

 

January 4, 2009

Today

Posted in cleaning, daily to do lists tagged , , at 11:40 am by allisonwonder

I’m posting today’s list seperately from that last post about last night- wouldn’t want to run too long, would we?

I’m too darn tired to do much this morning; Simon was up at 1:00 this morning, and he was up in the living room until about 5:00, when he fell asleep on the couch. In the meantime, he asked for a few different movies to be put on, spple juice, toast, “fwends” (stuffed toys)… I think he only had me up 5 times there. Then Ike woke up a few times, too- good times, good times. At least everything’s still looking pretty good after last night.

Today’s To Do:

Kitchen

dishes (as needed)

sweep

wipe countertops and sink

stains, spills and smudges


Bathroom

wipe sink and shower after use

hang up towels

wipe counter and floor as needed


Living Room/ Dining Room

sweep floors, spot clean messes

tidy floor and flat surfaces

take baskets to appropriate rooms

Bedrooms

make beds (change our bedsheets back to the ones that actually have elastic at the corners!)

laundry in hampers


Basement

litter box- quick scoop

food and water for cats

 

Other

meal and activity planning for next week

 

January 3, 2009

January 3, 2009

Posted in cleaning, daily to do lists at 2:05 pm by allisonwonder

Oooh- it’s my brother’s birthday! I guess I should call him or something.

We’re having company for supper tonight- AJ’s trainer will be over when they’re done work. I was going to make this really yummy slow-cooker roast chicken I have a recipe for, but I realized at 9:00 that it takes 10 hours to cook, so it should’ve been in by 8 at the latest. No problem- I’ll make this instead.

In spite of the fact that I cleaned the house yesterday, it needs to be done again. I’m NOT washing the floors again, even if they are all smudged up. I’d like to try to get Simon to help tidy up, but really, that would take more time than just doing it myself.

Speaking of doing stuff with the kids, I think that’s my New Year’s resolutio- to spend more time focusing on the kids. There’s always something else I could or “should” be doing, and I have trouble focusing on any one thing for more than a few minutes at a time, but I’m going to do my best to let go of my natural multi-tasking ways when it’s play time and just focus on the boys. It’s something that AJ’s naturally very good at- he jokes that it’s because he’s just a big kid anyway. I say he’s just a good dad.

So, here’s today’s list:

 

Kitchen

dishes (as needed)

sweep

wipe countertops and sink

stains, spills and smudges

 

Bathroom

wipe sink and shower after use

hang up towels

put bath toys away

wipe counter and floor as needed

clean toilets, mirrors, tub

 

Living Room/ Dining Room

sweep floors, spot clean messes

tidy floor and flat surfaces

take baskets to appropriate rooms

change tablecloth, set table

 

Bedrooms

make beds

laundry in hampers

sweep

 

Basement

litter box-full scoop

food and water for cats

January 1, 2009

Ikezilla Strikes Again

Posted in cleaning, daily to do lists, food at 11:57 am by allisonwonder

Is it possible for a child to be hardwired for destruction and mess-making? If so, Isaac is practically a prodigy. He likes to follow me around the house, un-tidying as he goes, unrolling the toilet paper, knocking over garbage cand, and unloading the recycling all over the kitchen floor. If there’s food left out anywhere, it’s a safe bet that he’ll not only find it, but that he’ll manage to spread it over the floor in at least a 3-foot radius all around his cute little self.

dsc07800 I can actually see me being able to stay on top of everything here if I didn’t have these little people around. Heck, I’d have more than enough time to get everything done… I’d probably even be able to cook a nice meal every night and even get the exercise I so desperately need… but I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

Speaking of messes, we’re getting a heck of a lot of snow dumped on us right now. This would be very exciting, I’m sure, if I liked snow, but it’s really just making me want to hibernate.

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On to today… the house is looking good right now- we’ll see how long that lasts. I might have time to bake that banana bread.  A nap is actually higher on my list of priorities, but seems highly unlikely. I still don’t know if we’re having company for supper or not…

 

Kitchen

dishes (as needed)

sweep

wipe countertops and sink

stains, spills and smudges

 

Bathroom

wipe sink and shower after use

hang up towels

put bath toys away

wipe counter and floor as needed

 

Living Room/ Dining Room

sweep floors, spot clean messes

tidy floor and flat surfaces

take baskets to appropriate rooms

 

Bedrooms

make beds

tidy

laundry in hampers

 

Basement

tidy toys and craft area after use

litter box- quick scoop

food and water for cats

 

Other:

cook supper    (quiche)

thank-you card (see yesterday)

December 31, 2008

Wednesday, December 31- Daily to Do List, Plus Yesterday’s Pics

Posted in cleaning, daily to do lists, laundry/ clothing, product reviews tagged , , , at 2:45 pm by allisonwonder

Ugh- this computer is unbelievably sluggish today. Don’t get me wrong, I know the feeling, but I had a migraine yesterday- what’s your excuse, NetVista?

Speaking of yesterday, here are the before, during and after photos of my grout cleaning job (I know, the lighting stinks, but you get the idea):

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Can you see a difference? Some of the darkest spots are gone, but that’s about it. we’ll try again next week.

As for that Method Daily Shower spray there… it’s OK. I like it a lot better than spraying nasty, less-natural chemicals into the bathroom air, but it smells a bit like hairspray. Tigger, however, LOVES the stuff- they’re practicallya couple:

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OK, on to today’s list:

 

Kitchen

dishes (as needed)

sweep

wipe countertops and sink

stains, spills and smudges

clean microwave

clean out fridge

wipe down appliances

tidy cupboards

 

Bathroom

wipe sink and shower after use

hang up towels

put bath toys away

wipe counter and floor as needed

wash towels

 

Living Room/ Dining Room

sweep floors, spot clean messes

tidy floor and flat surfaces

take baskets to appropriate rooms

 

Bedrooms

make beds

tidy

laundry in hampers

change bedding

 

Basement

tidy toys and craft area after use – didn’t use- still a mess

litter box- quick scoop

food and water for cats

finish laundry

Other:

write thank-you note to the nice couple from the in-laws’ church who gave us a Christmas present

walk to post office- –  nope- had AJ go instead 🙂

make mom’s birthday card

put Christmas boxes in basement

*also planted bulbs in a pot (narcissus) to grow indoors, vacuumed the couch and washed the kitchen floor. We might have company tomorrow night, so I want to have as much done now as I can.*

December 30, 2008

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Posted in cleaning, daily to do lists, laundry/ clothing, shopping tagged at 2:41 pm by allisonwonder

To Do: 

Kitchen

dishes (as needed)

sweep

wipe countertops and sink

stains, spills and smudges

 

Bathroom

wipe sink and shower after use

hang up towels

put bath toys away

wipe counter and floor as needed

clean toilets, sinks, counters, mirrors and tub

steam-mop floors

 

Living Room/ Dining Room

sweep floors, spot clean messes

tidy floor and flat surfaces

take baskets to appropriate rooms

roll up the damn rug and put it away for now

 

Bedrooms

make beds

tidy

laundry in hampers

 

Basement

tidy toys and craft area after use

litter box- quick scoop

food and water for cats

 

ALSO:

groceries

wal-mart

finish laundry  (almost)

 

OK, so the things that actually got done today are crossed off. I didn’t get through it all, but I think I did pretty well, especially considering the fact that I had a migraine today (complete with nausea- yummy!) AND I did the shopping with the kiddies in tow. They’re good boys.

I bought Borax today for the first time. I can’t remember what I’m supposed to use it for, but I know it’s something. I also got a bigger box of baking soda, because I’m going through it rather quickly these days. I tried it on the grout in the bathroom today; i have “before” and “after” pictures, but they look the same to me. I know the wall’s clean, but my grout’s not sparkling, dammit! Oh- this book says I can try Borax on that. Excellent.

OK, I’m off to take more Advil and put myself to bed. It’s 10:00- late for me on a night when AJ’s working. Tomorrow’s Fridge Clean-Out Day… I hope the excitement doesn’t keep me up all night…