Last week, I posted about how much easier cleaning is with my new broom. But what about a dust pan? Actually, I accidentally left mine behind when I moved earlier this month. But I’m not upset. Because I hate dust pans! I can never pick up everything with them, and they just seem dirty to me. So today I am posting about what I use to pick up what I sweep: a Ryobi 18-volt ONE+ EVERCHARGE Hand Vacuum.
I’ve been noticeably absent for a while, but I had a good reason: I moved! My husband and I sold our 56-year-old ranch house and moved into a nearly brand new home closer to his new job. The four-month-long ordeal is a story that will give me blog (and ebook) fodder for ages to come.
But I digress.
The contract to sell our previous home required us to leave the house “broom clean.” According to our realtor, what this vague phrase means is up to interpretation, but at the least, we had to sweep the house after we removed all of our belongings. And boy, did the house need it! I thought the floors were relatively clean, but after the beds, couch, and other large pieces of furniture were removed, I found dust bunnies of lint and hair underneath, gathering with other dust bunny friends near the walls. I was highly dismayed. I was even more disappointed when I realized the state of my broom after I swept our garage floor three or four times.
Just four days remain until Thanksgiving here in the United States. I’m excited! This holiday is my favorite. Food and family with relatively little hassle? Count me in!
But I do need to clean my house before the big day arrives, even though I’d rather be cooking and baking and doing turkey crafts with my preschooler.
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My husband deployed for the second time in 2010. To save money and pay off debt, I put most of our belongings in storage and moved in with my mom while he was gone. In the month before he returned, I secured a new apartment for us and started stocking up on supplies to clean it. When I packed up my Jeep in mid-December for the long trek home, I had at least an entire box of cleaning supplies to clean our new apartment before moving things in. I’m not exaggerating. I had bottles and bottles of Windex, Resolve, Pledge, Pine Sol, oven cleaner, and just about any other kind of cleaner you can think of.
How things have changed! Today, I strongly believe that less is more. Read on to see what cleaners I use.
On Fridays, I work on maintaining the exterior of our home. I do quite a bit more in the spring, summer, and fall than I do in the winter, but I work regularly to keep tasks from becoming overwhelming. Read on for the schedule I try to follow to keep my home and yard in shape.