Labor Day

September 3, 2007

Since we don't have a house cleaning service or a second wife, I have found the next best solution to cleaning our house...having company. We spent the entire labor day weekend laboring hard in the house, garage, and yard. It started with my desire to finally clear out our dining room so I can host the upcoming spouse's club "coffee" at our house. And suddenly turned into organizing the garage, unpacking the last of our boxes (only a year after our move), organizing the kids closets, steamcleaning all of the carpets, painting the fence, putting up our porch swing, hanging artwork and family photos, washing the living room furniture slip covers, tons of weeding, adding fresh mulch to the garden beds, making a huge drop-off at Goodwill, and I still have to get the toliets cleaned. We are exhausted but it feels good to see our efforts paying off in a house that is clean and a little less cluttered. Makes me think we should just plan on having people over at least once a week to ensure some cleaning gets done. Hope you had a Labor Day that was a little more relaxing than ours!
Mom said...

Having company always works to get me (and Dad)motivated!!
I know that exhausted but satisfying feeling you get when you look around and see how nice everything looks. It's just a shame it can't stay that way! Hope you have a little time to just enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Good luck with the coffeel.
Love, Mom

Amy, Ryan, Aidan & Lauren said...

Whew, that sounds tiring but it must feel very satisfying. We always joke that the only time we really clean is when people are coming over!

Anonymous said...

I thought we were the only ones who did that! We were preparing for Randy's folks to come up for Labor Day and busted our bottoms trying to get everything cleaned. I told him we needed to invite people over more often in order to keep the house clean. Too funny that it seems to be a universal 'problem'.


the clan mccawley said...

Must have been something in the air this weekend. We recieved the last of our shipments this week, so we too spent the weekend cleaning, unpacking, hanging pics, organizing,etc...... I just wish we were a little closer to less clutter! And I really wish the reward of family or friends visiting was at the end of it all. Ah, well. I suppose the happiness of organization will have to do.
Enjoy the clean!

The Solley Five said...

oh no! i have been out of touch for a few weeks and now you're someone else. What's that about?! i am still undusted, toys all over the floor, dishes in the sink and book piles EVERYWHERE. But moving to Turkey will motivate us to give our stuff the stays/goes test again!

Lucia, Adam, Noah and Camille said...

Is Turkey official? I loved Istanbul. And didn't you guys spend some time there on your honeymoon trip? Can't wait to find out where you are headed next.

Anonymous said...

How sad is it that Molly, now 8,
asks who is coming over when we clean the house.

Lucia, Adam, Noah and Camille said...

How can Molly be 8 years old? In my mind she is 18 months old. And very funny to read your comment. Love to see you posting. Are you in Oregon yet?

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