Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cleaning Spree

As you've probably heard, DC was hit with some pretty serious snow last night. It wasn't as epic as the Dec '09 or Feb '10 snowfall, but it was enough for a snow day. I would have loved to stay in bed and watch Intervention or The First 48 all day, but I got my booty out of bed and went on a cleaning spree. I despise cleaning, so our house was in need of some TLC.

I started by dusting our living and dining rooms. I don't know what it is about old houses (ours was built in 1890), but they collect dust like CRAZY. I should do some serious dusting every day, but I just don't. I have no good excuse other than it is too much dusting to keep up with. I then vacuumed our bedroom, which basically entails sucking up all the dust bunnies that have accumulated between furniture and in the corners. I love having hardwood floors, but again...the dust! Okay, enough about that.

I also stripped the beds and started a marathon laundry session. I am even washing the down comforters today. Do you wash and dry your comforters at home? Last year I tried taking them to the dry cleaner, but they wanted $129 for two queen comforters. Umm no. I put tennis balls in the dryer with each comforter and the feathers separate pretty well.

I then decided that it was time to organize the linen closet in our bathroom. I forgot to take a before picture, but believe me...it was in disarray. Here are some after shots:



The top shelf holds extra stuff that I've stocked up on, the second shelf holds our towels, the third shelf holds all our hair products and tools (and a few extra Clinique make-up items I wouldn't be able to see, and then would likely forget about, if they were on the top shelf), the fourth shelf holds bath and body products, face products, and dental hygiene items. The bottom has wire racks that hold a lot of miscellaneous stuff, and our old towels. I love being organized! (Interesting isn't it? I like being organized, but don't like cleaning. Hmm.)

Speaking of towels, how do my towels get bleached? I don't use bleach!

I did use proactiv for a couple months and know that it can stain towels, but this is the guest towel for the half bath. It did not come into contact with proactiv! Does this happen to other people? We go through towels so quickly because they get stained and I don't want to use them anymore. I would love some tips on prevention!

Now...as you can probably tell, my cleaning issue is that I never attack a whole room. I dusted the living room, but didn't vacuum. Same for the dining room. I vacuumed our bedroom, but didn't dust. I organized the bathroom, but didn't clean it. I didn't even start tackling the guest bedroom (besides the bedding) or the kitchen. I don't know why I do this. Maybe this is why I hate cleaning so much. It's like it is never ending because I basically still have to clean the whole house, even though I did finish a few tasks. It would be so much easier to just clean one room at a time. Maybe I will force myself to do that next time....

13 comments:

  1. My towels from Lands End did the exact same thing! I keep meaning to call them because my Mom thinks they'll send me new ones. So frustrating!

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  2. Yay - everything looks so nice. Now I'm jealous. :) Our towels do the same thing...no idea how that happens. I think a lot of face washes probably contain chemicals that get on the towels. Or if someone uses toothpaste with whitening - I think that can be a problem, too. :)

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  3. oh jax when can you come over and do that for me??? I have sat on my couch all day doing work and trying to motivate to get on the treadmill to make it seem like I moved at some point today.. Not good.. so jealous of yoru clean house xoxo love you

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  4. Ugh our guest towels are like that too! annoying!

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  5. Our towels do the exact same thing! I used to think it must be some face product or makeup, but it happens on our bath towels too. It's so frustrating!

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  6. I hate cleaning too, but it is nice to have a free day to do it that is not a weekend day haha. My towels do the same thing and then I also don't want to use them anymore. Let me know if you find out the secret, it's so annoying!

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  7. Hey! I stumbled upon your blog. My husband and I just moved south of Richmond a few months ago. I am also apart of the 'club' that you never want to join. I enjoyed reading your blog!

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  8. Ooh, The First 48, I would totally have you over for a marathon viewing of that show because NO ONE I know likes that show and looks at me like I'm morbid for watching it!

    Our towels do that too, same thing for Hub's shirts, they get little bleach spots on it. I thought it was because we use a communal washer and dryer, but I have no idea anymore.

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  9. Hmmmmmmmm, apparently this towel things happens to ALL OF US! Bummer, I was hoping for a revelation! Honestly I don't mind cleaning because I LOVE the feel of a clean house. I just feel better about myself.

    I tried your cut the tops of makeup thing and you are right!!!! I couldn't get anything out and then I snipped and WOW, there was a whole bunch in the bottle! Thank you for the tip!

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  10. good for you for getting some stuff done around the house...

    I will need to ship everyone out of here for a day or two to get that kind of work done!

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  11. Maybe they are not bleached, but instead, maybe the pigment in the dye of the towel comes off over time?

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  12. My towels do that too! And I did some reading and found that it might be because of the SPF in my lotion. Although, who knows.

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  13. Any facewaah containing salicylic acid will do that

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