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.

6. CLEAN TOASTER OVEN:

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:

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After cleaning it I ran it on the broil cycle for 10 minutes to burn off any Brillo residue:

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7. TOUCH UP INTERIOR PAINT:

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]:

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This spackled hole in the upstairs hall was from a failed placement of a cat platform:

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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.

8. FIX NEWEL POST:

I decided this project deserved it’s own post, which you can read HERE.

9. VAC UNDER COUCH & LIVING ROOM FURNITURE:

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:

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10. VACUUM UNDER BED & BEDROOM FURNITURE:

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:

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I am SO GLAD to be done with my list of 10 items!

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8 Comments

    1. Nine Dark Moons

      HA HA HA! I have heard great things about those packets you put in the microwave and “cook” for a few minutes – apparently they shoot moist, soapy heat throughout the box which eats through the grease & crud and makes it easy to scrub off. I have never tried one but my coworkers swear by them!

    1. Nine Dark Moons

      That’s a huge time hit!!! You always inspire me to clean behind and under stuff!!! You are so good with that. I still haven’t moved the stove away from the wall like you do and get in behind/under it… that’s on my next list of 10!

    1. Nine Dark Moons

      Yes, huge accomplishment! I am so glad they’re off the list and finally done. And I am hoping to keep up with things from now on, like the toaster oven & the dust/cat fur that is beyond Ted’s scope. It’s a lot of work to tackle it all at once!

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