Monday, June 11, 2007

(Like a) Bat Out of Hell

So, I did it.

The playroom is cleaned and organized.  The karaoke machine?  Gone.  The box of extra junk?  Some gone, some put away.  The ski overalls Hubby ordered the boys back in February?  Hubby put them in the basement with the camping items.

You can now walk into the room and access the book cases EASILY.  No 'stuff' in the way.  The toys that remain for when J comes up with Kathy, are in two crates.  There is another crate full of Star Wars miniatures, all organized nice for Fuzzy, Hammer, and friends.  Pumpkin's Magnetix also stored nicely. Yay!

I couldn't stop at just the playroom.  I decided to go upstairs... to the kids rooms. 

Hey, why not, in for a penny, in for a pound.

The boys room has stayed really well since we did the big reorganization, lowering their beds and whatnot.  I just made their beds, removed a blanket that they didn't need, and then straightened out and organized their tee shirt drawers, and emptied their garbage can.

Then, I went to Pumpkin's room. 

The same room, that just yesterday, she looked me dead in the eye and said, 'My room is clean!!!!', emphasis hers.

Here is what I found on the floor under and alongside Pumpkin's bed.

15 loose socks.  3 actual pairs, the rest all singles.

2 Slurpee cups, all nice and sticky.

8 water bottles, in various states of emptiness (2 water bottles were actually in the overflowing garbage pail)

20 odd books

Various miscellaneous, papers, wrappers (cookies, candy) and pencils and crayons.

Many stuffed animals.

You can all rest assured, since coming home from school today, Pumpkin is now CLEAR as to what Mommy's CLEAN requirements are for her room.

Oh yes... a new sheriff is in town.  And, all of them, including Hubby, have been informed that from now on, everyone is going to maintain their fair share better.

In fact the kids have been assigned rooms that at bedtime they have to check for items that need to be thrown out and/or put away.  They are going to be required to make sure their bedroom in clean EVERY day, instead of once a week.  Especially, Pumpkin!

I am going to be doing spot checks more often, too.  With their bedrooms upstairs, and with Hubby doing the bedtime routine each night, it can get out of hand, since I don't get upstairs to see it.  Now, I will. 

As for the state of my body after this cleaning mania, I am sore.  I will be cursing being on my knees on the hardwood in Pumpkin's room for so long.  And, somehow, I did something to aggravate my hip.  So, I took a 1/2 of a vicodin, and it did help.

Usually, I push myself not to take any until after dinner, but I didn't today.  Tomorrow, I plan on taking on the garage mud room area where we hang up our coats, and keep our shoes, etc.

Wish me luck!  LOL

I will try to be back later with a meme!

be well,


sangrialel said...

Wow you are just a cleaning woman!!!  Good job.  Linda

sunnyside46 said...

I am going to have to go lay down after hearing all that, Dawn

deshelestraci said...

Excellent work!  Good for you!

gazker said...

One things for sure, when you come to mine for a holiday, ya won't have to lift a finger!
Put yer feet up and I''ll pour you some wine!
Gaz xxxxxxx

coelha said...

You would think the girls' room would be cleaner than the boys, huh?  Same way in my house too..  I'm afraid to go into my daughter's room!!  When she DOES clean, she does an excellent job though..  But..I've found some interesting old food with mold at times...eeewww...  Julie   Good job Dawn!!  

pharmolo said...

You're a hard woman, Dawn LOLOL. Actually, girls' rooms can be worse than boys' rooms, believe you me. Not got any kids of my own, but I have experience in the matter lol.

tenyearnap said...

You do NOT want to see my room hahaaa. Hey, we love Magnetix, too. --Cin

h0llyk911 said...

Any chance you'll be heading to WV anytime soon?  I sure could use some help tackling the dust bunnies in my bedroom!  :)

eml625 said...

You GO girl !!!  You are on a roll, and inspired me to clean out my bedroom.
No pictures to show??

Be Well,

tendernoggle said...

Lord Child!!!!! Are you gonna be in my town anytime soon???lol lol My went way above the call of duty!!! lol
I don't blame you for handing out new rules...I would be madder than heck if they let it go afer I did all that!
Take a break now!
love ya,

cacklinrosie101 said...

LOL..bless you, Dawn...what a job or jobs to tackle.  Everybody has one of those rooms that just gathers everybody's stuff.  Glad you got it done and hope you get some much needed rest tonight.  Doesn't it feel good to look at it though?  HUGS  Chris

candlejmr said...

LOL....glad you got it all done...but I would STILL love to see pictures of all of that hard work!!


toonguykc said...

SLOW DOWN!!  This pace can't be good for you....learn to be lazy like me.  It's easy.  I'll send you my book LOL!


sdoscher458 said...

Good LOrd...send some energy down here I really need

dawngepfer said...

OK!   This is what my day SHOULD have been like instead of lounging around watching movies.  What is wrong with me?

emabecmar said...

wow, you sure did get alot accomplished. Now take a break. I'm worn out, lol. ((((((hugs)))))))

randlprysock said...

Oh Dawn, you sound exactly like me now and I am really mean about keeping my kids on their toes with their rooms.  Sometimes even that isn't enough.  I do spot checks too now and no one is allowed to do anything usually til their rooms are clean... but they are tricky and try to lie to me about it too all the time.  Grrrrrr.  I so feel for ya!!!  It is a mother's heart ache to keep the kids doing their fair share and keeping the bedrooms clean.

jibaro6543 said...

I like the line about a new sheriff in town.....I hope one day to get to that point
Glad you got accomplished what you wanted...take care of you

erarein63 said...

Oooo wow!  Are you for hire?! De ;)

klconard1 said...

Wahooooo!  what a load of work!  (I use a gardening pad for my knees during housework.  Otherwise I couldn't bear the knee pain.)
loving you

wildautumn1 said...

I always love what I find when cleaning my kids' rooms! I'm always exclaiming "So this is where it went!"

gehi6 said...

Yes, it is true, housework done right can kill.  My Aunt Nethella was that kind of housekeeper as those she hired to work for her could testify, why we called her "weedkiller," and "lawngrass."  She had the biggest lawn in town and it always had to be mowed.  But I always thought she had no time to smell the roses she was so busy mulching and weeding.  Surely there must be a happy medium in there somewhere between sloth and sparkle!  Gerry  

ksgal3133 said...

Wow I could really use your organization skills over here...hint, hint,lol! Don't over do it though.
Pumpkin sounds like Justin when it comes to room cleaning.


rdautumnsage said...

I love that song by Meatloaf. Sounds like you overdid it kiddo. What the heck is with the water bottles in various degrees of empty? I ask because my 19 year old still does it. I asked her the other day if she thought aliens might be coming (Remember the little girl leaving water glasses all over in the movie "Signs" with Mel Gibbson?). The thing that gets me is it's water, it's not going to go bad like soda lose the can drink it cold, or lukewarm. So what gives? LOL. (Hugs) Indigo

mztishgray0726 said...

It sounds liike you did a excellent job.  Of course you overdid it though I am sure.  Now I have to read what you wrote the rest of the days to see how you felt.  Hugs & Love and thanks for giving me HOPE.  Tish G.

donejustwrite said...


Are you for hire?  I need help with the spare room, the crop room, the basement and the office.

The Other Dawn