OK so after reading JulieMom's Clean Home post this morning I very nearly decided that there is something wrong. With her. HOW can someone with 3 little ones, who homeschools, and does missionary work, make a statement like this:
My whole house is now organized. There isn't one area that I feel is out of control, including the kids' closets.
I'm forming a mob to fly over there and mess some stuff up. Wanna come?
I can make a statement too. Are you ready?
My whole dining room is now organized. There isn't one area that I feel is out of control, including the napkin holder.
I KNOW you are impressed.
Now, on to those pictures!
Here are some before picture of our dining room. I was going to tackle this room that day, and about 5 minutes into cleaning I remembered JulieMom's challenge and grabbed the camera. I always choose rooms like the dining room and the bathroom because they are small and I feel like I can accomplish something quickly. So, here is how it looked that day.
That pile on the floor was from a day I decided to get all caught up on paperwork and then I had to clean off the table for supper and.....well, you get the idea.
And here is the side of the fridge that you see when you are sitting at the dining room table. I try to keep all the magnets and stuff on this side because it makes the kitchen look tidier.
However, it doesn't seem to help the dining room.
I started with the ceiling fan. We are already using the fans here in Texas and I wanted to get all the dust off before we turned them on.
Then the girls wandered in and asked to help. I looked at the bottom of the walls and noticed some red splashes on the wall. I asked them to scrub the walls. The more we looked, the grosser it was. Goodness sake! I began to wonder if even 50% of the food I serve ends up in anyone's mouth!!! It reminded me of the time 8 month old Sweetheart sneezed with a mouth full of baby food at my mom's trailer. The wallpaper pattern was such that we were still finding that baby food dried on the walls months later.
Anyway it's a mystery to me how this much junk gets splashed on the walls, but they are clean now.
Sweetheart was sent outside to clean the windows while I cleaned the inside.
I dusted everything.
They scrubbed the table and chairs.
Then I used this stuff on it. This is GREAT stuff. The wood table just drinks it up and the kids think the table is wet for days afterward.
I also mopped and cleaned off the side of the fridge. It's still clutter-y but that's because I have kids. One day it will be nice and clean and I'll be sad. The magnets stay.
And now it's lovely.
Thanks JulieMom for encouraging us!!! Now head over there and join in the fun! You'll feel so good!