Friday, March 25, 2016

Cleaning the fridge and other household tasks

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

I can't believe my Mum has been gone nine months. : (

I've spent a lot of that time working on emptying her house and getting it ready for sale. I haven't always had the help I thought I'd get from other family members, so it's mostly just been me doing the actual work. We're getting down to the wire now. In fact, I signed the paperwork to put the house up for sale next Monday. But there's still so much left to do.

One prickly problem has been the carpet tacks. Six real estate agents came through to give us estimates. (My brother's idea.) Every one of them said, "rip up that ugly, dirty carpet in the living room."  Brother was not convinced, but he and I did pull it up...except, he was sooooooo convinced that everyone buying houses these days wants carpet and NOT hardwood floors  (he doesn't watch HGTV)  that he refused to pull up the carpet tacks (little bits of wood with spikes sticking up. That's what holds the carpet in place).

The real estate agent I chose (one of the six and a very nice woman) said, "Uh-uh. I'll take care of this." We've been playing email tag but today tack-removal man is going to show up and take them out.  She also dropped another bombshell. "Someone wants to see the house today BEFORE it goes on the market; is that okay?"

Well ... I still have a whole list of things that need to get done before 5 pm tonight, one of which is a little touch-up painting outside. The only thing is, it hasn't been warm enough to paint. Mother Nature is supposed to cooperate on Easter Sunday. (Guess what I'll be doing!)

In the meantime, yesterday I cleaned Mum's fridge. I have never done such a meticulous job of cleaning anything. It took me more than 90 minutes to clean a fridge that wasn't all that dirty, but I wanted it to be immaculate.  There was only one big (gooky) mess under one of the crisper drawers, and it took me about twenty minutes with hot water and soft scrub to get it clean. (I have no idea how long it had been there or what it was. *shudder*) Of course, the fact that there were only a few bottles of water and ice tea in there made the job a lot easier.  (There's also a bottle of red wine, but I don't drink wine. Not sure what to do with it.)

The worst part, though, was crumbs in the freezer.  What is with crumbs? Nothing I did seemed to get them up.  Dry cloth, damp cloth, sopping wet cloth. I decided to let them sit there and I'll have another go at them.  But darned if that older fridge doesn't now look brand new!

In the meantime, I'm hoping the rain holds off long enough that I can do some window washing.  (I don't even wash my own windows.)

I want the house to be sparkling and beautiful...something my folks would be proud of. 

By Sunday it will be. 

Do you think cleaning the fridge is one of the nastier household jobs?  If not, what IS your least favorite household job?