Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Dining Room Is Cleaned

I have joined yet another on-line cleaning challenge. This one is from A Bowl Full of Lemons. It is a fourteen week program to thoroughly clean and declutter every single room in your house. (Even though it is called a home organization challenge--it really is a spring cleaning challenge.)

This week, our focus was on the Dining Room.

You know how you know that you are going to clean something soon--and so it all just sort of goes to h*ll right before you clean it? That's kind of what happened here.

I broke it up into several days--all of which have blurred together on me. But here's what I did:

1. Unloaded the Expedit and washed




There was some weird film of greasy dust in each one.

2. sprayed spot cleaner on the spots on the drapes.

3. reconsidered and rearranged items in the china cabinet.

yep. There's a box of Christmas crackers on top of the coffee cups in there. I remember telling myself when I bought these that I really must remember to use them! Blast.

4. Wiped down the printer cart and tidied the baskets.

5. vacuumed the window screens and washed the insides of the window.

6. vacuumed the baseboards.

7. emptied the room--and washed the floor with Murphy's Oil soap. Then, I rinsed it. (I never, ever rinse it.)

8. Put the chair cushions into the washing machine.....and.....

9. Threw the drapes into the washing machine and hung them up wet to dry (so I could avoid ironing!) Didn't work.

But here we are. So lovely.

(I have it set up for every day--as a quasi home office. It coverts to a room for dining quickly and easily.)

still have to mount that picture properly

funny how one thing can pull everything together and make it look so coordinated and deliberate. That black and white buffalo check table runner which I bought for my Christmas table does that for me.

Big sigh.

This week: The "launch pads."

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t said...

Looks great! Boy that was a lot of work.

Alana in Canada said...

t--Yes! It was a lot of work! Thanks for "getting" that. :)

Janina Laird said...

It looks fabulous! And your 'Christmas' table runner? I'd agree that it is magic in the room!

You even washed the windows on the inside! CHALLENGE: Wash the windows on the outside this week. (Haha! Now there's a chore we Canadians get to ignore for a few more months!)

Alana in Canada said...

Oddly enough, the forecast for Thursday is plus five. Still, I'd rather not have to put the ladder in the snow! May. I have to wait util May. (April is just a muddy windy mess. You know.)

Unknown said...

Great job! The room looks amazing!
Gina in Chattanooga, TN

Alana in Canada said...

Thank you so much, Gina. I am pretty proud of it!

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