Cleaning 'n' tidying

I am all tidied out! Because mum is coming back with me when I return from the UK, I wanted to give the house a really good clean - this is something that isn't undertaken lightly!! So the order of events has been...

Monday - my study got a tidy and vacuum and  the spare bedreoom got tidied, vacuumed, cleaned. Then used as a dumping ground (d'oh!) so I still have to give it a bit of a going over. Maybe.
Tuesday: Our bedroom really got sorted. All the books off the shelves, dusted, moved, polished, vaccumed. Oh the dust and fluff! I could have knitted another cat from the cat hair that was flying around!!!

Wednesday: The bathroom got done today.
Thursday - I had to go to Roanne for various appointments and the shopping, so no cleaning today.
Friday - all the kitchen cupboards were emptied, wiped, cleaned, tidied...The top of the fridge...The most DISGUSTING cupboard-under-the-sink ever got cleaned, wiped, reorganised. I got severely poked by the bristles of a very vicious scrubbing brush that I didn't know was in there.
Saturday (today) - The dining room cupboards were emptied of crockery, glasses, etc and cleaned and reorganised...Sentiment had no part here and various things that I'd kept because they reminded me of someone/some time got thrown out. Jars of jam that had mouldy tops went out. I may have wasted some that was still okay to eat, but I wasn't sure about it, and I knew Mr FD (the main jam eater) wouldn't touch it. Meanwhile Mr FD did a bit of vacuuming and washed the floors.

Tomorrow I'm ironing, packing, printing off tickets etc, so no cleaning then. Mr FD has instructions to clean stairs and landings and the downstairs salon before we get back on the 15th. And to give the houise a final vacuum. As I've done every other bloody room I don't feel a bit guilty about asking him to do that, especially as he's at home for two days of that week (Yes, he has some work to do, but it's still officially holiday for him) The one room I haven't touched is Mr FD's study - his study, his mess.

As I'm leaving on Monday I've not really planned much food...I am missing an ingredient for the planned bulghar wheat salad tonight so I'm going to do jacket potatoes with a vegetarian chilli (topped with bacon bits, sour cream and cheese)  instead. Just as healthy (yeah right!!).

There are various things in the freezer that Mr FD can have during the week, so he doesn't need to think about cooking when he gets back from work, just dinging in the microwave. It means he won't have to go shopping either.

So I'm off-line for one week definitely, and then maybe for the weeks after when mum is here. I may have time to pop in, but don't worry if I don't.


  1. Have a wonderful time! I'm sure your mum will thoroughly enjoy her visit!

  2. I'm on the midst of a similar cleaning frenzy. My brother and new sister in law are borrowing my house for their honeymoon while I'm in France. x

  3. I've just spent a glorious couple of hours doing the fridge/freezer. Horrible job but glad with the end result!

  4. Haha! I've thrown out loads this year with my kitchen refit! Hope you have a good trip and that your Mum has a good stay with you. See you on the other side.

  5. Agree with your comments on Blogorati about not missing out on the rest of Britain! :-)


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