You know those little projects on the perpetual “to do” list that never seem to get done? Because they’re small, annoying, or both? Yeah. I have 10 of those that have been on my list for months. I decided I’ll do one a day for the next 10 days. I figure each one will take between 30 & 60 minutes. Originally I planned to post this all in one post, but it got too long, so I’m breaking it in half.
On Monday [Halloween] I fixed the base of the IKEA Onsjö light in the girl cave so it’s flush with the ceiling [or close enough]:
Ever since I installed it it’s been driving me crazy. In theory the [cheap plastic] base is supposed to be pulled tight to the ceiling by the weight of the light. That’s bullshit. Today I did the best I could, and I’m calling it good enough. I think because it’s on a slanted ceiling it will never be completely flush. Total time to fix = 10 minutes, which included scraping off the Sugru adhesive I’d used when originally installing it.
On Tuesday I installed a door sweep at the bottom of the bedroom screen door I built this past Spring:
I’d installed a door sweep originally, the kind with the adhesive back that “sticks to anything!”. It fell off after a couple weeks, so for the past 4 or so months we’ve been using a towel to keep bugs out… classy. Today I installed another adhesive one but this time I also screwed it into place. Total time to fix = 10 minutes.
On Wednesday I got my Little Giant ladder out, set it up in each corner of the bedroom, climbed up and removed the high altitude dust bunnies [ceiling cobwebs] lurking in the vaulted ceiling & around each ceiling light:
Then I hauled the ladder down to the living room & repeated the process. The living room took waaaaaaaaaaay longer. Mostly due to the hoards of long-tailed cats spread across 4 shelves and the 3 layers of curtains & shades in each window. I usually take each cat down for a dusting every 6 months but I must have missed last time…:
Look at that little dusty face! And the large dust bunny above it – ugh:
Total time = 80 minutes. The bedroom took 20 and the living room took an hour. Crazy! But it’s done now. I checked for high altitude dust bunnies in other rooms but they seem to only occur in the bedroom & living room. After much thought, I have a theory about that: both we & the cats spend most of our time in the bedroom & living room; the ceiling fans are on almost all year round in both rooms. I think we [humans & pets] create a lot of dust which the fans send airborne where it collects on shelves & sticks to cobwebs instead of being vacuumed up *nods*.
This ended up being a 2 day project *face palm*. On Thursday I grabbed the vacuum, emptied the canister [so I could keep track of how much fur I was removing] and carried it upstairs. It took 90 minutes to vacuum the 7 upstairs cat platforms & 2 cat trees. OMFG!!! Way longer than I expected. But check out this H·O·R·R·I·F·Y·I·N·G mass of fur & dust no longer polluting our upstairs air:
It made quite a visual difference, and will definitely improve air quality. Here are some before & afters of the bedroom cat tree:
Darwin was VERY happy to have a freshly vacuumed tree – he jumped right up and slept in the house part all night:
On Friday after work I spent ANOTHER 90 minutes [!] vacuuming the 18 downstairs cat platforms, both fleece igloos, & both cat beds. Here are some
disturbing impressive before & afters:
Here’s the final result from both floors – disgusting!:
And seriously – WE HAVE A VERY CLEAN HOUSE! You wouldn’t think it from this post, but we do. Seriously. We have a very thorough cleaning man come in every 2 weeks for the basics. Ted is a literal life saver! But it’s easy to get lazy with the non-standard stuff like cat platforms & trees… The scary part of all this is I’m allergic to cats & dust! That huge bowl of fur, dander, & dust could literally send me to the ER. But I REALLY wanted a visual of how much was removed. Crazy.
Thankfully this one is EASY and only took 10 minutes 🙂 The first thing I did when I woke up today was move the bicycles from the alcove under the stairs to the basement. In their place I set up a little table & basket for the mail:
We never even rode the bikes once this summer… so they may as well live in the basement until we decide to use them again. And a basket for the mail will mean no more paper chaos on the dining room table.
Five annoying projects done, five to go!