The Clouds Have Parted, The Sunlight Is Back Leave a comment

Good morning, all! I’m still working towards my goal of getting my house all clean and ready to go for the new year, and things are moving along pretty well now. I started off the week still dragging my feet and working pretty slowly and reluctantly just because the task at hand seemed so huge. But yesterday I started to see some major progress, and that got me excited and motivated to work even harder and faster to get it all done.

I won’t show you how my house started off, because while I try to be pretty open and transparent, I’m not willing to open myself up to that level of ridicule. 😀 Just suffice it to say that over the last few months, the condition of my house became worse than it has ever been.

I’m the only person in this house who has the ability to pick up, clean, and organize. So when I pretty much stopped doing those things, there was no one else to pick up the slack until I got my act together again. So while I won’t show you all of the mess, I’ll give you a glimpse into the kind of craziness that had invaded our home.

Since we’ve been ordering more on Amazon this year for obvious reasons, cardboard boxes had taken over the house. Our entryway was starting to look like a house featured on one of those hoarder shows where you walk into the front door and there’s just a small path to get through the walls of stuff on either side. And those walls of stuff in our entryway were created by cardboard boxes. Empty cardboard boxes. And what didn’t fit in the entryway was shoved into the back sunroom or other rooms.

I don’t know why, but cutting down cardboard boxes is one of those tasks that I absolutely hate to do. I can’t explain why it’s such a massive headache for me, but I avoid it as long as I can. And that’s why, after the last week of cutting down all of the remaining cardboard boxes in our house, I wound up with this…

mountain of cardboard

Yes, that’s four boxes stuffed full with cut down cardboard boxes. A lot of that had already been cut down and flattened and put into a big stack, but obviously even the ones that were cut down were still taking up a lot of room. No wonder our house has felt so small lately! Finally, yesterday, I got the last of the boxes broken down and moved out of the house. Now I need to load them in the truck and take them to the recycle center.

I also finally gave away that mattress that Amazon mistakenly sent me but then wouldn’t take back. That has been leaning against the credenza in the entryway ever since Amazon sent me the correct mattress. How long ago was that? 😀

So now with just those things gone — the mattress and the cardboard boxes — my house is feeling HUGE! And finally yesterday, it felt like the storm clouds had parted and the sunlight was shining in. I’m so excited and motivated to get this finished up because I want to take all new photos of every room in the house just to mark where things stand as we head into 2021.

One thing I really want to get is a carpet and upholstery cleaner. I’ve been looking on Amazon (again) to see what’s available, and it looks like there are quite a few with high customer ratings. I definitely want one that does both carpet and upholstery, but I don’t have any need for something so fancy as the Bissell Big Green Machine. If I had actual wall-to-wall carpet in my house, I might splurge for something fancy like that. But as of now, I really just have the one area rug in the living room, along with upholstered furniture.

So I’ve narrowed it down to two (I think) — this Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe with the hand held upholstery attachment, which has a 4.5 rating with over 26,000 customer reviews, and this Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Max machine that also has the hand held upholstery attachments. It has a slightly higher rating, but with far fewer customer reviews. It’s also $100 more.

Do you have any experience with these carpet and upholstery cleaning/shampooing machines? Have you found one that you absolutely love? Have you come across any that I should avoid? Let me know your experiences with these! I hope to buy one very soon, and would love any input you have.

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