About two months ago, I hopped on Instagram and shared, via Insta-stories, the crazy hair I got to declutter and deep clean my entire house in ten days.
Y’all. I was heavily medicated.
On Dr Pepper and Dos Equis.
I’m blaming it largely on this gal. However, I’d been wanting to really clear out the crap in our house for a loooong time. This was just a kick in the pants to git ‘er done.
It started as a purge. Then, I got addicted to the deep clean which turned into a fascination to a lighter house and a simpler life. It may have been crazy and I may have been utterly exhausted at the end of each day but dang y’all, it was worth it.
First, I read this book and joined an accountability group on Facebook, set up by a friend. DM me if you want to get in on the July purge and clean. Then, I shared my plans with the family. They were, um, less than thrilled. But, after seeing the fruits of our labor, they eventually came around. On Day 11.
My two weeks, in a nutshell, looked like this:
Day 1: Visual Clutter. I cleared out all the immediately accessible stuff. I went through the visible piles, got rid of knick-knacks I no longer loved, threw out trash and recycling, etc. Opening drawers and digging into stuff was NOT allowed on this day. It was a quick 1.5 hour project for me.
Days 2 & 3: Living room, game room & entryway. We have two living spaces, one for adults and one for kids, so I just spent a day in each. Not only did I do a massive purge of toys and crap, but I deep cleaned. Like, pick up the couch cushions, clean the blinds kind of clean. It was nuts. I almost died.
Days 4 & 5: Kitchen & Dining Room. I won’t lie. This almost broke me. Not only did I clean every major appliance (which included soaking oven grates in the bathtub – what?!), but I cleaned out every. single. cabinet. and. drawer. It was brutal. For additional punishment I went through all the wedding china and silver. Scott even polished the kitchen cabinet doors. I mainlined Dos Equis and we ordered pizza. I have never looked more forward to a weekend. Yes, we took those off.
Day 6: Bathrooms & Laundry Room. We have four bathrooms. The boys bathroom felt like five. I don’t even know how pee can get in some of those areas. Fortunately, I did that one first. The rest were a breeze. Oh, and if you need hotel sample shampoos, I have 1,467. Laundry room wasn’t in the book, but ours needed some serious cleaning out. It felt good to get rid of that steam iron I used back in 1996 and if you need toilet bowl cleaner, I have four bottles.
Day 7: Master Bedroom/Closet. This was supposed to be later in the week, but I moved it up. I needed a break. Thankfully I had done a major overhaul of our closet a few months before and I knocked out this room in less than two hours. Finally! It’s also the day I had an interview with Jen Fulwiler on national Catholic radio. Our original piece was supposed to be on Catholic schools. Instead, we talked about toilets and oven cleaning. It was rivetingly hilarious. Is that even a proper adverb/adjective combo?
Days 8 & 9: Kids Rooms/Closets. For the love. The teenager room almost broke me at hello. Somehow I powered through. The kids did do some massive work in these rooms and I was so proud of their effort. I was also appalled at the mini-hoarder situation going on in the girls’ room. The child in question shall remain nameless. It rhymes with “bear.”
Day 10: Office. The book doesn’t have this room on the schedule (massive fail), so I moved some other things around to accommodate it. Honestly, the worst part was getting real with that scrapbooking drawer. It felt good to just kick that habit to the curb and moveon.org
Then, we all went out for dinner. That is, after we made three trips to Goodwill with the van loaded, I sold a ton of stuff on our neighborhood FB page and trashed/recycled the rest.
As much as I loved a more organized and cleaner home, this wasn’t really about all that. It was about simplification. We can now clean the house in an amazingly short amount of time and keeping up with the things no longer rules me. I find myself being more intentional about what we even bring into our home. Honestly, it was life altering and I didn’t expect that.
If you get the wild hair, too, holler and I’ll drink a Dr Pepper in your honor. Word on the street says I’ll be doing a mini-version of it again in July. Someone sign me up for counseling. Stat.