a clean home

Today, I…

1. washed a load of laundry
2. swept and mopped the office floor
3. dusted the bedroom, swept & mopped its floors
4. cleaned our toilet
5. worked on the embroidery for the baby blanket I’m working on
6. made & ate lunch
7. did the dishes
8. cleaned our bathroom counters, tub, and floors
9. sold our recycling
10. took the trash out of all the cans
11. washed another load of laundry
12. cleaned the dining room table
13. dusted the guestroom, swept & mopped the floors
14. put up the laundry (one good thing about hot weather: quick air-drying!)
15. beat and hung out the rugs
16. dusted the living room, swept & mopped the floors
17. warmed up dinner, ate
18. embroidered some more
19. swept & mopped the dining room

And all that between 9:30am and 6:30pm! Can you tell we have guests coming? 🙂 Actually, I was catching up on everything that’s been abandoned the past month.

I don’t usually have the strength to get so much done in a day, but here’s what I did (it worked!): I set my cell phone timer to 1 hour, turned up music from my ipod, and set to a list of to-do’s. Every time the alarm went off, I drank water, stretched, did something enjoyable (like embroidered a small area), and reset the alarm.

It was a good day!

The lack of photos is due to my camera’s sad state… a lens, broken in half for no reason I know of, is stuck on the camera body. Repairs are hopefully coming soon.

Oh, and the reason I started this post: after cleaning and organizing, I got on the computer around 9pm and saw this: Houseworks: Cut the Clutter, Speed Your Cleaning and Calm the Chaos. When I saw it’s from DK, my favorite publisher, I knew I’d be adding it to my wishlist! You can get a peek at the kind of stuff the author does over at OrganizedHome.

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