Monday, July 5, 2010

Cleaning Update 7-5-2010

Things I cleaned today:

  • 2 loads of dishes
  • 1 load of laundry
  • folded and put away 2 loads of laundry
  • emptied and put away 2 travel bags
  • emptied all the small trash cans
  • picked up a pile of magazines & bills from the floor and have them organized on the coffee table.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Cleaning Update 7-1-2010

Things I cleaned today:
  •  Scrubbed tub
  • Washed Bathmat
  • Replaced shower curtain
  • Did 2 loads of dishes
  • Did 1 load of laundry
  • Folded the clean laundry pile

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Cleaning Update 6-8-2010

What I cleaned today:
  • all the kitty puke
  • 1 load of dishes
  • 3 loads of laundry and now have 3 clean comforters
  • "light" vacuuming
I have found new umph and motivation from the book I started reading last night called The Happiness Project.  Gretchen has interesting thoughts on classifying clutter.  She also has 2 interesting ideas which I may implement:
  1. The One Minue Rule - if you can do it in less than a minute, do it now: pickup and throw away all the dryer sheets around the apartment, find all of the mouse pieces and assemble them in one place, etc.
  2. The evening tidy - Spend 10 minutes every evening tidying things up.
I need to make the time to actually drop off the recycling which made it to the back of my car several days ago.  No luck on that front yet.

Also, it will soon be time to tackle paper clutter again, it's getting unwieldy.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Cleaning Update 5-13-2010

Things I cleaned today:
  • 1 load of dishes
  • 2 loads of laundry
  • broke down cardboard boxes and put them in the cardboard pile
I have yet to migrate all the computer data to my new server so I can decommission the old servers.  Hopefully I have enough drives/free space to migrate data into vmfs volumes.
Still haven't retrieved the recycling box of doom, or recycled the pile on the counter.  And the table is a bit buried under mail.  Hopefully Sunday will bring plenty of time to tackle these projects.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Cleaning Update 5-9-2010

Things I cleaned Today:
  • 1 load of Dishes
  • Cat's water bowl
  • 2 organizer/trays I put catfood plates in
In other news the old B&W printer got moved to the junk room and the new Color one is happily in its new home.  The area behind the TV got rearranged to make room for it.

I also now have a new server running VMWare to replace 2 older, aging, power gobbling computers.  Still more work to do on that front in terms of moving data and hard drives.

I have regressed a bit in terms of recycling.  Operation Recycle had one casualty in that I ended up without the boxes I store the majority of my recycling in.  While I work to replace/retrieve said boxes, the recycling has accumulated on the small piece of counterspace I have next to my dishwasher.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cleaning Update 3-23-2010

Things I cleaned today:
  • 2 loads of dishes
  • 1 load of laundry
  • the dining room table so it's clean enough to eat off of. 
No that doesn't mean that the table is "Clean", just that 2/3rds of it are.  No time today for pictures, and the next several posts will probably be more about next steps and planning rather than actual cleaning.  

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Recycling Day! Plus Cleaning Update 3-21-2010

Well Recycling Day was a success:
  • all of the cans of expired food got emptied
  • an entire pickup truck bed full of recycling
  • more than 4 black trash bags full of trash left the apartment today
  • 4 loads of dishes got washed
  • 2 loads of laundry were washed
  • the couch was completely unearthed from under it's papers and other clutter
  • the dining room table got similar de-papering treatment.
  • the front hall is now cleared of styrofoam, closed-cell foam, and boxes
  • all but 1 of the kitchen counters are de-cluttered and freshly scrubbed (with my nifty new skoy "paper-towel" cloth and Windex)
Today was scheduled to be a big day thanks to one reader's offer to move all my recycling at once rather than in small chunks.  Many thanks to that reader and my other helpers for all their work in Operation Recycle.

I started today's cleaning by finally emptying and rinsing the expired food discovered on a pre-blog mission to only have non-expired food in my fridge and pantry.  After some discussion over the past few days I decided to tackle this by rinsing the fluids down the kitchen sink, dumping the solids into a double bagged kitchen trashbag (which specifically had absorbent trash from the rest of the apartment), and then tying off both bags, and hauling them to the dumpster IN the trashcan to avoid springing a leak or tear.

The pile of cans which needed to be emptied before Operation Recycle commenced

The cans running scared from their empty and clean future...

Overall I was impressed with how easily this went.  I saw sell-by and best-by dates from as far back as 2002 and 2003.  Despite the fact that some of it was labeled as best-by 7-8 years ago, nothing LOOKED especially bad.  There was 1 can of 2005 tomato sauce that released a little bit of pressure when I opened it.  The can of red enchilada sauce was a bit odoriferous, and the ragu's were a VERY dark red, but smelled fine.

Aside from the sweetened condensed milk which needed a couple rounds of rinsing & soaking, everything else came out smoothly w/ a spatula, shake, soak, and rinse.

The cans all cleaned and emptied for inclusion in Operation Recycle
I worked on getting all of the cans, glass, and paper recycling presorted before the troops arrived.

It is impressive just how much we were able to empty, recycle, and trash in less than 2 hours.

The black bags are filled w/ the contents of expired ramen, expired pretzel rods, and heaps of styrofoam.  The white can contains the contents of the expired cans.



And now for the star of our show, 1 truck full of recycling:

Phone books, cat litter containers, glass, paper, cans, and heaps of cardboard all on their way to become new products.
With more than an entire pickup truck less stuff, my apartment is now so spacious I actually said "WOW" and stopped dead in my tracks to look around this evening when walking into the Junk Room.


*UPDATE*: For those of you who wanted pictures of the Junk Room, check out this previous post.

Here is how things look now:
Yes there's still stuff in here, but there WAS a whole pile of boxes on top of the stuff that remains

All that's left of the Wall of Kitty Litter (a.k.a. Project Guppy & Brine Shrimp tank)

Yes that's actually open wall and floor space.

More floor, no boxes




I can actually put my fan in the window again. 

Just that is a huge accomplishment and prepares me for the next phase of Project Clean Apartment.  I now have sufficient space to start creating piles, areas, and sections for items to be kept, sold, donated to good will, recycled, or trashed.

Here is how the futon and kitchen counters look now that they are clean.

Every inch is free of paper or clutter and ready for sitting or kitty snuggling.

It feels so nice to have what little counter space I have back from the expired cans.

Note my nifty new skoy cloth on the sink handle, it's like a paper towel and a cloth at the same time.  They are supposed to take the place of 15 paper towel rolls.

The counter to the left still needs to be cleaned up a bit, but just look at how that oven and right counter shine!

New video of the Junk Room:

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