Epic deep clean revisited

It’s been a week, I bet you’re sitting on the edge of your seat wondering how far we got with our epic cleaning list.  We split the list up based on who was happy doing which tasks, and who had the time to do them.  I took all of the scrubba-dub-dub tasks, including baseboards, tiles, and general bathroom cleaning.  Dan scuttled about each day de-cluttering and making things look purdy.  Last weekend we took a full car load of unneeded junk to Value Village, and another 3 boxes full of old electronics to the big bin outside Rona for e-waste.

And now for the big reveal!  For your reading pleasure, I have taken the original list from our earlier post and done a strike-through on the items we did, and added notes with little <–‘s for you.

The Office

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-Get rid of futon.  Do you want it?  We’re giving it away to Good Will, but if you want it, put your hand up and arrive at our place with a truck.
-Wash and pack up blankets for the season
-Deep clean all baseboards

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-De-clutter Victoria’s bulletin boards
-Donate unused office supplies, such as most things to the right of Victoria’s printer
-Prioritize Dan’s toys – which ones are staying, and which ones get donated
-Give away yellow office chair and replace with something prettier and nicer

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-Pack up games and hobby stuff in the closet, since this room is the second bedroom, and not everyone will use the room as an office space. <– we did a little bit with this, but we’ll get to it when we properly pack up the house

The Master Bedroom

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Make the bed, really nicely.  This is our typical speedy bed making each morning, courtesy of Dan in this case, but I would make it look a smidge nicer for an open house <– I couldn’t make the bed before I left for work, since Dan was still sleeping in it.  He made the bed, and I’m sure it looked lovely, but then he lolled around reading on the bed after the open house, so that’s why it’s wrinkly.
Fresh bed sheets and towels
Side tables empty, except for lamps and alarm clock

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Dog bed stashed away for the day, since not everyone coming in to the place will have a dog, and we’re not even sure our landlord will be letting the next person coming in have a dog
De-clutter the top of Victoria’s dresser
Wash and pack up bathrobes that are hanging behind the bedroom door
Pack away seasonal clothes from closet (not pictured) and de-clutter
-Deep clean all baseboards

Ensuite Bathroom

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Wash and neatly fold all towels
Usual weekly bathroom clean (sink, mirror, toilet, etc)
Scrubba-dub-dub those awful rust stains in the toilet with CLR
Deep clean all baseboards (notice a trend with this one?)

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De-clutter all the stuff from around the tub
-Deep clean the tub and surrounding tile <– regular clean, but no scrubber was involved

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The rust stains!  WHY!!  CLR the hell out of this beast, so the new tenants don’t know how hard and awful the water is.  <– I scrubbed that disgusting rust with a toothbrush, admire my hard work!

The Kitchen

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Scrub counters, sink, and the front of all the cupboards
Wash the wall behind the range top
Wipe out the inside of the fridge, and wipe the fridge handles and crumb-collecting spots
Stash all counter items somewhere else, to make the space look more substantial than it is <– we did for the open house, but this picture was taken when I got home from work, when Dan was making dinner
Deep clean all baseboards and vents
Mop floors

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-This is kind of the entrance way, but it’s in the kitchen
Pack away coats and aprons
De-clutter hall table
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Pack up any non-essential appliances, ready for the move
Wipe down all horizontal surfaces
-Magic Eraser the front of the oven
-Clean the oven

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-Pack up the less frequently used kitchen items, ready for the move, aka everything in this picture <– not so much, I’ll get to this later

The Living Room

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De-clutter all horizontal surfaces
Usual weekly tidy-up (dusting, sweeping, etc)
Deep clean all baseboards
Mop floors
-Simplify the items in the baskets – they’re not meant to be junk collections

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-Wash and neatly fold all blankets
-Fluff pillows
Clear off all horizontal surfaces, except for lamps and select decorative pieces

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Space out items to fill the built-in and make it look like it has a purpose.  We used it for storing VHS tapes, but we’ve since replaced them all with DVDs or donated them

Downstairs Bathroom

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Usual weekly clean-up (sink, mirror, toilet, etc)
Deep clean all baseboards and vents
Clear off shelfs (bye bye bathroom magazines)
Scrub tiles in the high traffic pathway <– observe the ring of disgusting tile in front of the sink in the before picture, from where Oscar drinks water from the toilet and moves his head before swallowing any of it.
Mop floor

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Find somewhere else to store Oscar’s dog food, so people don’t realize there aren’t any closets in the house <– basement, yo
Scrub shower, although I think it’s been used by us exactly 3 times since we moved in
Store all laundry baskets in the basement

Mud Room Entrance

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Deep clean all baseboards
-Deep clean the grungy track for the patio doors <– I still want to do this
Scrub tiles in the high traffic pathway
Mop floor

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De-clutter chair and table
Neatly organize shoes on display, pack up seasonal shoes and boots for the move <– I’ll get to this

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Pack up non-essential above-the-cupboard items
Organize and neatly fold all towels and sheets (inside the cupboard, not pictured) <– added bonus item!  I cleared out all of my no-longer-wanted purses and bags and donated them, and reorganized the cupboards in general.  All not pictured, so you won’t appreciate it *sad face*

Backyard

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-Trim the vine along the fence <– nope, sorry
-Turn over the soil in the garden beds and remove the weeds <– I sincerely doubt I’ll get to this now.  Hope you like gardening, new tenants!
-Dig out the grass that’s grown back in the pathway <–also didn’t do this.  It was a lot of hard work the first time we did it, so I wasn’t keen on doing it again.

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-Dig out the grass and weeds that have grown back in the pathway <– nope!

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Pull the weeds in the planter boxes
-Dig out the grass and weeds that are growing next to the bricks <– kind of, Dan just did the ones growing out from under the steps

Front of the House

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Throw out the chair and small table on the front porch
-Sweep the steps and porch
-Weed the front garden box

I spent HOURS doing the small number of things that were crossed off this list, so I don’t even feel bad that a bunch of stuff didn’t get done.  I’m sure it’s a lot more than most tenants would ever do, and the house looked very nice when I left for work this morning.

Seven potential tenants turned up for the open house, so I guess we find out if the cleaning made a difference if our landlord doesn’t schedule another open house.

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