Saturday, March 14, 2015

34 Weeks of Clean Update: Formal Living Room, Books, and Entryway

Even though I haven't posted a 34 Weeks of Clean update in a few weeks, I have been cleaning. I'm even becoming slightly obsessed with making sure my dishes are all washed before I go to bed at night (and after breakfast in the morning).

Our cleaning assignment for week 8 was the formal living room with casual family rooms being saved for another week. Our extra family room serves as an office area, but I counted it for the challenge. Thankfully, it was still quite well organized from when we took down the Christmas decorations in week 1. I dusted everything in the room, wiped down the baseboards, and cleaned the blinds. A warm afternoon in February meant that I could clean the windows both inside and out.

Week nine's challenge was to look at all the books in our house. I took several boxes of books to church for an upcoming yard sale. There are now some empty spots on the downstairs bookshelves. (Actually, the first picture of a bookshelf is bothering me because the shelves don't look balanced anymore. I foresee a bit of reorganizing in the very near future.) I'm still working on looking through the shelves in the school area. I know they have some not-very-popular books mixed in among the well-loved favorites.

Last week's spring cleaning was the front entryway. I went out black widow hunting late one night, and then swept all the webs away the next day.

Cleaning the entryway also meant cleaning on the inside. This shelf sits just inside the door and serves as a collecting spot for things I don't want to forget. Apparently, I had gathered quite a stack of items that I didn't want to take back to Target the next time I went shopping. I returned everything on the shelves a couple hours after I read Michele's entryway challenge. There are still a few things gathering on the shelves, but I'm happy as long as they aren't overflowing.

The 34 Weeks of Clean challenge for week 11 is bathrooms. I think I'll be doing more scrubbing and less organizing this week.

If you'd like to join me with the challenges, you can find Michele's posts on her Family, Faith, and Fridays blog, on the Facebook page, or by clicking the button below. She posts a new challenge every Friday and will also be hosting a weekly link-up for any other bloggers who are brave enough to share pictures of their progress. Just this week she announced a prize basket giveaway with entries earned by blogging or posting pictures on her blog's FB wall.

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  1. Yay- glad you are still with us, though you almost lost me at the black widow part!! Really??!?? I do not do spiders so that may have been where my cleaning stopped! ;) Looks like you are doing a great job- thanks for linking up, Cristi!

    1. I killed a bunch of black widows last fall after the UPS man told me that he had seen one the night before. They only come out after dark so I had missed them

      My husband was rather impressed when I showed him how to go black widow huntin'.

  2. It looks like you've been doing a great job on the challenges. If I notice black widows/webs I usually let my husband know or call pest control.



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