I set out last week to complete 10 small, annoying projects in 10 days. It took me 6 days to complete the first 5 items, but I was able to complete the 2nd set in 5 days. So overall I am very pleased! Although due to the catastrophic & alarming election results I am anything but pleased. So there’s that. MEH.
Last Saturday afternoon I tackled one of the harder items on the list: cleaning the Breville toaster oven I bought from William’s Sonoma in 2011 a few months before meeting my husband. I splurged and paid $200 for it, the first & only time I’ve ever paid so much for a small appliance! But as a single girl who cooked 90% of her dinners in a toaster oven it was totally worth every penny. And Jim & I use it almost every night to heat up stuff for dinner [mostly veggie meatballs or veggie chicken tenders to put in our salads]. It took about an hour to clean with 3 Brillo pads:
After cleaning it I ran it on the broil cycle for 10 minutes to burn off any Brillo residue:
On Sunday I touched up the wall paint in the kitchen, downstairs hall, upstairs hall, bedroom, & bathroom. Mostly it was either dings in the trim or spots where I’d spackled a hole but never painted over it.
This ding was really high up on the bedroom wall – I needed my big ladder to reach it and it required wall paint [for the left half] & trim paint [for the right half]:
This spackled hole in the upstairs hall was from a failed placement of a cat platform:
Total time to touch up all the walls & trim was about 90 minutes, using 6 different cans of paint [for all the various colors], and waiting for the paint to dry between coats.
I decided this project deserved it’s own post, which you can read HERE.
On Tuesday after work I moved the couch and thoroughly vacuumed behind/underneath it. I also moved the few pieces of furniture away from the walls & vac’d behind those. And thoroughly vacuumed out the baseboard heaters. It didn’t take long, only about 10 minutes. The living room is now super clean:
Today after work I vacuumed the entire bedroom. I lay on the floor and vacuumed under the bed. Then I pulled all the furniture away from the walls and vac’d under it and behind it. I also thoroughly vacuumed out the baseboard heaters. And gave all the books in my little bookcase a once over both in back and on top. Phew!!! It took about 30 minutes. Darwin did not help, but he showed up afterwards for a photo op:
I am SO GLAD to be done with my list of 10 items!