Yesterday was my day off. One of the best things about my new work schedule is that I have to work occasional weekends. You would think this would be a downside to the job but I have found it to be a very unanticipated perk. You see, when we have to work a Saturday or Sunday we get a day off during the week to make up for the weekend day we are scheduled to work. While this does occasionally cause a problem for weekend plans, we are usually able to work around our work schedules since we get those a month in advance and the weekends I work are pretty standard.
When I say I had a day off yesterday that means I’m working this Saturday. I see this as a perk because I have found that I am more productive during these middle of the week days off than I ever am on weekends. This is usually because we are really lazy on weekends. We lay around with the dogs watching movies or TV show episodes on Netflix, only leaving the house to spend money we don’t need to spend or hang out with friends. We have a lot of fun spending time with each other, but we are rarely productive. When I get a day off in the middle of the week I am usually alone because Sheldon is working so he is not there to distract me and I know I only have one day instead of the customary two in a row and my brain clicks into productivity mode.
So yesterday I started spring cleaning. Our house was in DIRE need of this yearly deep cleaning. I could immediately tell that our house suffered a lot during my depression. I think next time I get that depressed I am calling a housekeeping service to come in weekly because not only does the house need it, but I’m sure I would benefit from a clean house during such a trying time as well.
To prove how bad it was I should tell you I only got through the living room -- 1 down, 7 to go. I cleaned every nook and cranny disinfecting, polishing, dusting, vacuuming, rearranging, and organizing. I noticed a few big issues. First, our windows need to be replaced. I knew this but I was hoping we’d be moving before we ever had to make this update. Now I think we’ll need to do this as soon as we possibly can. They are looking really bad, and I’m afraid some paint just isn’t going to help at this point. Second, we have way too much stuff. Again, something I knew but am definitely going to try to live by better standards for what we keep in our house. If we don’t love it and can’t find a place for it in our current home and standard of living we need to get rid of it (or even better, don’t buy it in the first place!). Third, our wood floors need to be refinished. This is a fact I have been ignoring for far too long knowing that it would mean either moving out everything we own to do it all in one go, or going room by room shifting furniture as we go. This is not a task I am looking forward to.
Recently, I’ve been really unhappy with our house. I’m ready to move and have been for a long time but I still have the urge to make our house the best it can be. I bought this little house because of its potential and I hate to give up on it. So I’m determined to stay here and do what we can with our limited funds until we have to move because of a growing family, I’m not able to deal with my 40 minute commute any longer, or Sheldon finally gives up on our tiny kitchen. I think we’ve decided to keep the house as rental property so I see every improvement as an investment instead of something we shouldn’t spend money on when we won’t get any return on it through selling in our neighborhood. Like I said, we’re working on the back yard right now. I’ll do a full post on this process alone, but I’m excited to get started on it. We had to wait a week to install the back door because of severe weather last weekend, but this weekend it’s happening!
Tonight I’m starting the studio - the second worse room but of most importance since it is the room getting the door and it needs to be cleared out to make space for my dad and Sheldon to do their work. FYI local people who love crafts and vintage get ready, because come May (maybe the weekend of the 11th) we’re going to have a huge and very awesome garage sale! I’m tired of the unused stuff taking over our home!
Great Spring Cleaning Resources:
Have you started your spring cleaning? What things do you make sure to do?