Cleaning accessories and valuables (and windows) Wk 8
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Confession: I took a two week hiatus from cleaning.
Reason being? I tackled another VERY big topic that positively took over. Updating my will, going over life insurance, disability insurance, all that fun stuff. NOT.
I actually avoided the over-charges for years because I didn’t want to face it. But I promise once that dust has finally settled, I’ll share a write-up on a few important things I learned along the way. It’s a long process but so many things were left unattended and it feels good to get things back on track for what my needs are today.
So… last week I tackled Cleaning accessories and valuables, so let’s get to it!
There’s also a video to share the process at the bottom of this post.
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To recap, this is the order which was indicated in the book:
The Marie Kondo Order:
- CDS, DVDS
- Skin care products
- Electrical equipment, small appliances, cameras, etc.
- Household equipment
- Household supplies
- Kitchen goods
- Sentimental things – do this last!
Cleaning accessories and valuables (and windows) Wk 8
So, my first thought was, what did accessories even mean? And I don’t own valuables so I didn’t think I had much to do.
I decided to tackle the dresser in my bedroom which really became a massive junk drawer of memory things, books, nylons (I don’t wear), and… my valuables…
… consisting of our passports and fake pearls! My phone is worth more…
But that’s ok, that dresser was a fiasco and needed dealing with.
PS: I just looked in the Kondo book… and she lists passports as valuables! I guessed right! Who knew.
There was no other way to do it. Dumping the entire dresser contents worked! It allowed me to categorize the contents and start chucking stuff out.
I ended up throwing out two big bags worth of old paperwork and such.
But the best part (there is a good part) on this was finding a few memory keepsakes which I share in the video below. Anyone remember Sen Sen?
I even ended up with a whole empty drawer!
It was nice to see the dresser perfectly clean again, inside and out!
Which reminded me, I meant to make a new stand for this newer larger TV that could better house the speakers like I did with the original TV HERE. Maybe I’ll work on that this week…
Cleaning out the dresser didn’t take all that long, so I decided to push the envelope a little more and deep clean the entire master bedroom as well.
I’ve been purging like mad and while it’s getting more spacious, it wasn’t feeling cleaner. So grabbing a bucket of soapy water and a toothbrush and scrub brush, I decided to tackle the windows.
Cleaning the windows
I don’t remember the last time I cleaned the window tracks. They were disgusting. So I:
- removed the windows and screens
- vacuumed the window tracks with a brush tip
- scrubbed down the tracks with the brushes
- washed the screens in the bathtub under the shower head
- wiped down the loose windows
- and cleaned the outside of the window before assembling everything back together again
What a difference! I haven’t seen them this white since…. the day they were put in? LOL
And it made me realize, there is absolutely no need to hire anyone to wash the 2nd story outside windows since I can do it myself from the inside… no ladder required!
Hmm… may add a window a week after this.
And you know your windows and screens are clean when you can take a picture through them both and it looks like neither are there! Crazy, right?!
After the windows, I decided to just clean every square inch of the bedroom. It’s now spotless under the bed with nothing stored under it, and everything that could get wiped down did, including the ladder side table thing.
I missed out on cleaning the ceiling fan (which I want to replace!) because our town had a community dinner I wanted to be a part of. So yup, I let them cook for me as a reward for my efforts!
My realizations while cleaning accessories and valuables
As I was scrubbing down one window, I was actually sore after that. That was only ONE.
The mere thought of doing all my windows nearly sent me packing and flying to Maui! (don’t even tempt me at this point)
Thing is, this cleaning thing is a full-time job. And if I start decorating, the cleaning will slip. And visa versa.
I’m not certain what the answer is… but I’m hoping as things diminish and get more in control, cleaning becomes easier.
So I’m going to slow down a little if need be so I can incorporate fun projects too.
Plus I still want to travel. Somewhere. Sometime…
Let’s not forget to live, my friends. We can do it all! Just not all at once.
Click below to watch a recap on how this week went with accessories, valuables and window washing with a few memory makers found…
Next – Electrical equipment, small appliances, cameras, etc.
Hmm… ok, so Marie says this means anything that seems vaguely electric, including cords. CORDS. My nemesis.
I do have an old broken camera so perhaps I’ll list the lenses… but the old video camera when my kiddo was a baby? Not sure about letting that go as I’d need it to run the tapes!
Egads. I can tell this one will prove challenging.
And I will also pick a nearby area to deep clean so when I walk away, I can SEE the clean.
I also have two town appointments this week, one taking me on my first Vancouver, BC train ride so that should prove interesting! And yes, you’re coming along for that adventure too!
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