My summer break has officially started, so I no longer have the finals excuse for my disgustingly messy room. Yesterday I spent the whooooole afternoon cleaning my bedroom and bathroom (the rest of the condo wasn't really that dirty/messy). I took some before/after shots to share, but now that I'm looking at them I can't even believe that I'm going to share that I let myself live in such squalor.
To start: my dirty, unmade bed. You can't see it, but these sheets are covered in sand from my lovely dog (we spend a lot of time at the dog beach!). Seriously - sandy sheets?! Gross. It would be less gross if it was beautiful tropical sand, but it's Lake Michigan dog beach sand... SICK!
Next up - the foot of the bed/floor. Note the various bones/dog toys scattered about. I have to do a several times a week clean-up to remove Elle's toys from my room to put them back into her toybox in the living room. She always brings them back. Also - as you can see on the floor there, the bright blue stain from where devil dog chewed up a ballpoint pen and the ink spilled all over the carpet. I need to call a carpet repair person and get that fixed.
Also in the corner - Elle's bed and my portable air conditioner. My building has forced air, which means it's sort of central through the building, but the building has to switch it over from heat to a/c, which usually doesn't happen until the end of May. However we've had some high 70-degree days, and I absolutely cannot sleep or study or do ANYTHING if I'm hot and uncomfortable, so I bought a portable air conditioner. Seriously the best 400 bucks I've ever spent. It makes me room heavenly frosty.
Next up - my dirty nightstand, including the broken lamp shade. The one I had fell off the nightstand and shattered one night when I was up at like 4AM writing a trial brief for my legal writing class. That was fun. So I finally just bought a new lampshade, which I need to put on the lamp. Also - you can't see it, but the amount of dust that is on that nightstand (as well as my dresser) is pretty unbelievable. I think it's just from living in a high-rise, but the amount of dust that collects is amazing. Seriously I have to dust EVERY DAY. (well - I should. But I don't).
And here is my closet - stuffed to the brim with clothing.
And the floor of my closet, which you can't even see, because it is covered in more clothes, shoes, workout gear, etc.
And my bathroom - AH! Sick. The leftovers of my closet clearly vomitted all over my bathroom floor.
I mean really? What is going on in here? I am totally not usually the person who has clothes scattered about everywhere. Again, I'm blaming this behavior on finals.
And my bathroom counters, covered in all sorts of crap. And really? Who can't even close the drawers or cabinets?! A slob, that's who.
I tried to get a close-up picture of the sand puddle around my dirty dog but I was not very successful. So here's just a picture of her sweet face on the bed.
Here's a mid-cleaning pic once the sheets were stripped off - it took her about 3 seconds to resume her place on the bed. Is someone spoiled or what?!
And now - my clean closet!!! I got rid of a bunch of clothes, and moved my sweaters and blazers into storage and got out all my pretty fun dresses because even if the weather isn't really acting like it, IT IS SUMMER! It makes me so much happier to see all the bright colors! And the relatively cleaned up floor!
And my bathroom! Sparkley clean! I scrubbed the whole thing with bleach (Sidenote: I LOVE bleach. I just don't think that my bathroom feels clean if I don't use a product with bleach in it to clean it.). I also vacuumed the rugs and scrubbed the baseboards. I love having a clean bathroom.
And my clean bathroom countertops, yay! And the hair dryer and etc all put away and drawers shut. I feel so much better about my life when my bathroom is clean, ha.
Oh and I had to include this picture. Of course right after I finish putting clean sheets on and making my bed, Elle Woods plops her butt in the middle of my pillows. God forbid she lay at the END of the bed, she has to nestle her way into the pillows. I have created a monster!
So that's what I did yesterday! Obviously Elle Woods was SUCH a big helper (helloooo sarcasm), but it feels so good to have a clean bathroom and sleep in clean sheets! I also vacuumed and shampooed my carpets, which they so desperately needed.
Has anyone else done a major summer cleanup?