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5/13/2016 4:05:12 PM

Not great... but better.

I have been feeling a bit better and think I am almost back to normal after that terrible sinus-goop-whatever issue I picked up on the way home from travels.  However, I know that the continuing allergies are probably a lot due to the staggering amount of dust that my house collects.

To start with, living on a dirt road means that a thick layer of dust is inevitable, but I have to admit that giving up on 90% of housework sometime last year is mostly to blame.  Cleaning is more of a challenge than it should be with a mess-load of... well... mess blocking up access to pretty much anything besides the kitchen.

The dust levels are getting to truly epic levels though, so I started considering some REAL spring cleaning.  The kind that may require a 40 ft dumpster and maybe a new vacuum.  So I started researching the best vacuum for containing dust (instead of just blowing it back around all the house).  The odd thing is, not many reviews talk about how good a vacuum is for using the hose-tools to do dusting.  They are strangely only about how well the thing vacuums the floors.  Weird!

I found one vacuum that is supposed to never need filter changing, and that sounded pretty darn good.  It is supposed to clean out all the dust and particles before even getting to the HEPA filter, then catches the last few particles before sending the air back into the room...  and never clog or slow down suction while doing it.  However, there is just something wrong about spending as much or more on a darn vacuum than I have spent on the majority of cars that I have owned over the years!  Okay... that equally says something about the cars that I have owned and the horrifying price of this vacuum.

So I pulled out my old vacuum, cleaned out the sponge filter as well as I could, and even took a can-of-air and blew out as much as I could from its HEPA filter.  And for about $15, I can order a new sponge filter and the HEPA filter.  Yea, it still won't contain the dust half as good as the fancy new "Holey-expensiveness-batman!" vacuum, but at least I won't be trying to tell my Subaru Brat why I just bought a vacuum that cost more than it did.

And that brings me to the "Not great... but better." portion of the post.  Since I thought that the 40mm fans as well as the light-bulbs I needed for a gotta-get-it-done-soon project were both somewhere in the office mess, it went to the top of my spring cleaning list.


Always terrible to find a to-do list from a last year and realize that almost nothing on it has gotten done since it was lost.

Here is the result of a days worth of solid cleaning time.  Yea... that is why it is "Not great."  But the piano is clean.  Er.... yeah?

Sadly, I still haven't found the 40mm fans or the light bulbs.  But I still have the other half of the office to go through.  Scared

          5/21/2016 5:21:20 PM - Spring Cleaning Update and a Quick Drawer
          5/10/2016 4:32:59 PM - "Rough" doesn't begin to cover it.

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5/14/2016 6:30:44 PM WA Mom
Wow, there is a piano there. It looked like a find Waldo picture. Looks much better now. I always have grandiose ideas of cleaning around here and find myself moving piles from one place to another. It is not until I actually get rid of items that it starts to work. I do seem to feel better in an organized space. The best of luck kiddo and Happy Dusting. I have faith that you will win the battle. Loads of love, Mom

5/14/2016 6:32:27 PM TinkerT
Thanks!  It is slowly improving… mostly by moving boxes of fish stuff and other non-office stuff like that futon out of the office.  Of course that is where things fall down since there is currently no where else for that stuff to go.  I think you are right that getting rid of the stuff is about the only way to make progress at this point.

5/21/2016 1:12:42 PM Punkin
I have read this several times as I am  where you are about cleaning. I see it, I feel it and know I need to do something about it. You can do it the way you want to and I admire that. I can't do it as the clutter does not belong to me (OH WOE IS ME   LOL). I want to get a dumpster and get rid of everything.
You go girl!!

5/21/2016 1:13:29 PM TinkerT
I am struggling with that, too… more than half of the office junk is hubby’s… and the desk I built for him has turned into nothing but a catch-all for more junk.  He wanted a desk to match mine, but has used it less than a couple weeks in all the years since I built it.  And sadly, like you, I can’t really get rid of the stuff.  Best thing I have been able to do is just move it mostly out of the office and hope I figure out where to store the junk later.

I could do dozens of things better with the area taken up by his desk and junk… but too many equally good ideas.  Can’t decide on what would be the best use of the space.  The first idea is to rip out the desk and re-do it all to enclosed book shelves.  Which would look nice, but not really make good use of the space.  The second idea is to change it all to a couple big fish-tanks… pretty, but again not great use.

What I would really like to do is move it all out and put my hand-tools and workbench there… but the sawdust would probably be really bad for the computer and piano… same with a sewing table.

If we had company more… which we don’t… but if we did… I would change it into shelves above and a couch or small pull-out bed below.  But we don’t have company often and don’t need that.

Basically it is the same problem I am constantly having with the outside of the house.  I really would like a little wood-working shop, but the best places to put it from the inside of the house are impossible places to have it from the outside of the house.  And the best places to have it from the outside of the house would be a lot of trouble from the inside of the house.  I don’t know why we haven’t invented pocket-dimensions yet…. That would solve everything!

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