Y’all, it was a good week for me in the C.O.P. category! (C.O.P. = cleaning, organizing, purging.) Week #1 was all about cleaning and purging so it was easy to focus. During week #2, I tried to continue forming those daily habits, and incorporating them into normal life. I learned that it’s a bit more challenging to continue with those daily cleaning habits in the course of normal life (i.e., when cleaning and purging isn’t my single focus for the week).
So how did I do on the third week?
I did great! I cleaned my kitchen and vacuumed (my two habits that I’m concentrating on forming this month) every single day! Woohoo!! It feels so good having a clean house! Of course, it’ll feel so much better once the hallways and bedrooms are no longer a construction zone. It’s hard to keep a clean floor when the floor in those rooms is covered with dust from drywall mud and sawdust from my current building project. But hopefully very soon, I can get that floor finished, and keeping a clean floor will be much easier.
In the meantime, I bought this Bissel Spinwave mop. It’s amazing!! I actually love mopping my floors now! 😀
So the cleaning part of my C.O.P. plan is going great. My house is far from perfect, but I’m developing some good habits and learning that having a clean house feels so good, and is definitely worth the 15 minutes of effort it takes every day to keep it that way.
As far as purging goes, I had to tackle a pretty big project this week. Today is demo day on the room that will become our master bathroom, so I had to get the room cleared out so that we could work in there. But yesterday, this is what that room looked like…
Boxes of stuff (some of which had broken so the contents were scattered) had been haphazardly shoved in here before the remodel on the bedrooms started. I stood our bed and headboard up on edge to make more room for the other stuff that needed to be stored in here.
As the guys removed all of the trim from the hallway and bedrooms, they stacked that in here also.
So by yesterday, this room was a disaster. And it all needed to be gone by this morning.
So I took two hours last night to get this room cleared out. A lot of the stuff just had to go in the corner room (i.e., the future home gym) until I have time to go through each box individually. Some of those boxes haven’t been opened since we left the condo.
But I did manage to gather up one box (plus some) that can go to The Salvation Army or Goodwill…
In the box, there are books, decorative items, chair pads from a project that never materialized, a lamp, and some Roman shades. I’m also taking my old sewing machine and another stainless steel trash can.
In addition to my donations pile, I gathered up another box of recycling….
…and two bags of actual trash…
That’s quite a bit of stuff leaving my house this week! Add that to the huge amount of stuff that left during week 1, and the smaller but still significant amount of stuff that left during week 2, and you can imagine how much better this house feels now. It feels like there’s some breathing room around here now! I still have so many boxes to go through, and I dread having to actually tackle the sunroom, but I’ll get to those things in the coming week. And while the process won’t be fun, the feeling of accomplishment after tackling those things will feel amazing!
And speaking of boxes, yet another week has passed, and I still haven’t gone through a box. (If you’ll remember, my goal was to throw out one contractor bag each week, and go through one box each week.) But since I’m getting rid of quite a bit this week and throwing out two contractor bags, I’m giving myself a pass on the box. But since this is the second week in a row that I haven’t gone through a box, I need to make that a priority next week!
So after a couple of hours of work last night, the room was cleared out and ready to go for this morning…
Quite a bit of work has already been done on this room. You can see above that it has a new window and new framing for a pocket door into our home gym.
On the other end of the room, the closet has been removed, and some space was stolen from the hallway in order to square up this room. In that back area, some walls will be constructed so that the water closet will be in the right corner, and the shower will be in the left corner.
So today, my mom, sister, bonus sister, brother, and two nieces are coming to work on this room with me. Our goal is to remove all of the polystyrene tiles, 1 x 4s, and drywall on the ceiling, drywall and shiplap on the walls, and flooring and subfloor on the floor.
When we’re done, I hope to be down to ceiling joists, studs, and floor joists. If we do make it that far, I’ll need to get some plywood in here ASAP so that this room can actually have a subfloor. I don’t want to live indefinitely with a room where the floor joists and dirt beneath my house are clearly visible, although my cats would probably enjoy it. 😀
Are you C.O.P.ing with me this year? If so, how did you do this week? Are you getting rid of stuff? Getting organized? Developing new habits to keep your house clean?