How does your living room look? Mine is looking might-y fine. This is saying a lot considering how many sippy cups were found over my
massive, hideous sofa. Do those things multiply? Do we just keep buying more because they get to the corner of the sofa not easily swept out? I swear, sippy cups at our house are like kids at the Duggar house, they just keep. appearing. Oosh. Can you imagine how many sippy cups THEY have? Holy smokes! Somewhere between 20 and 487573293975, I would guess.
Here’s my lovely living room.
Why are my curtains tucked up like that you ask? The 3 year old likes to look out the window and ends up stepping on the bottom of the curtains.
This week is the smallest room(s) of your house, so each task is nice and short. Luckily, I only have 2 bathrooms to do, so it’s easy peasy. If you have 3+, lo siento.
Arguably, the highest “ick” factor of all of the rooms. This is REALLY the case if like me, you have a small boy child in the house. I am lucky that he has been pottytrained since just before his third birthday, but his “aim” isn’t always the best. Sometimes, I go in the bathroom after him and it’s like he was trying to write his name in the snow, and by snow, I mean the ENTIRE BACK OF THE TOILET AND FLOOR. Every time I walk in there, I hear the “Psycho” shower scene music in my head. Horrifying.
- Day 1: The Tub. Depending on the material your tub is made out of, either spray simple green and let it sit for a tiny bit, scrub it with a scrub brush, and spray it off. Easy. If you need to use CLR on your shower door/metallics do it. I don’t have hard water, so this isn’t an issue.
- Day 2: The sink and toilet. Spray both with simple green, ALL OVER IT, and let sit. Use a scrub brush and GET IN THOSE CRACKS. Wipe off with a paper towel. Don’t forget to get the underside of the seat, and the underside of the faucet. Boiling hot water and a sponge (use gloves) will get rid of soap residue.
- Day 3: organization. Go through your towels, if they are trashed, make them rags. Go through your makeup, if it is mascara that is over 4 mo old, toss. Foundation? 6 months, lipstick-2 years, lip gloss 1 year, eye makeup 1 year. If you NEVER wear it, toss it. Blush, 2 years. Take the time and wash your makeup brushes in baby shampoo, rinse well, lay flat to dry. Toss all expired meds. Most drug stores will take these back to dispose of properly. DO NOT FLUSH THEM DOWN THE TOILET!! It gets into our ground water. NOT.GOOD. Also, that poof you use with your shower gel? RUN IT THROUGH THE DISHWASHER ONCE A WEEK. Also, razor blades last no more than ONE week. Take this time to also organize your hot tools. Those cords get tangled. If your hairspray caps are glued with product, pop them off and let them soak in some hot water, and pop ‘em back on.
- Day 4: wash your fabric shower curtain, take your liner, fill your tub with HOT water and some dish soap, and scrub it off, or just get a new one. Also polish your fixtures-towel rack, toilet paper holder, cup holder, hooks, etc. Get all of the hair out of your brushes, and use Drano today if you need it.
- Day 5 : clean the mirror with HOT water and a microfiber cloth, if there is hair spray residue all over it, use nail polish remover pads. Check the walls and ceiling for mildew, and get RID of it with a mildew remover product and paper towels. Steam mop the floor and wipe the baseboards, making sure to get into the corners where hair can hide. To be fair, if you have the shark hand steamer, it can be used in the ENTIRE bathroom.
Since this is probably the worst job in the house, you should reward yourself for doing it. Spa day, new towels, some Body Shop stuff, trip to the Hamptons. You know, something small. (just kidding about the Hamptons…mostly.)