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Spring cleaning

UrielUriel Registered User regular
It sucks but it's gotta get done.

I am getting an allergy attack from all the dust and cat hair behind the furniture today. But we're getting rid of loads of old clutter and organizing things better to clear out space so that's rewarding.

What's your most and least favorite things about spring cleaning? Or do you somehow keep everything clean and organized all winter? It so tell me your secrets.

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    i just open the windows when it's windy and if that doesn't clean everything out well then i'm out of ideas

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    SorceSorce Not ThereRegistered User regular
    It's probably time for me to do a Stuff Purge again, because even though I don't really buy a lot, I'm a packrat. And my computer needs a dusting.

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    UrielUriel Registered User regular
    edited May 2021
    I found a freaking mini b USB cord today. Not micro. Mini.

    I have no idea what it goes with at all.

    Also for some reason we still have the collectors edition books from warhammer online age of reckoning.

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    Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    I found a freaking mini b USB cord today. Not micro. Mini.

    I have no idea what it goes with at all.

    Also for some reason we still have the collectors edition books from warhammer online age of reckoning.

    My son has a graphing calculator that uses the mini b. We just bought the thing last year, who is still using those? Then we lost the charger and the only thing we could find that had the same cord was an old external hard drive enclosure that was hooked up to his Wii.

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    WeaverWeaver Who are you? What do you want?Registered User regular
    I clean all the time, with usually having one deeper focus area every week or two. But I'm moving soon, so I'm sure a lot of stuff will get tossed out that I've not used in forever/don't need anymore.

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    AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    Spring Cleaning.. oh god. That's like inflicting direct trauma/horror damage to me. But man, I gotta do it...

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    JayKaosJayKaos Registered User regular
    I had a big cleaning/re-organizing spree last spring but that was more motivated by suddenly sitting around at home all day so I doubt I'll go through the same thing this year. On the other hand I can actually have multiple people in my apartment again soon so that'll require some consideration.

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    DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    My goal for May is to reorganize the garage and start plans to insulate it because hot summers are bad for everything that sits in there.

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    DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    My partner and I are pretty diligent about keeping things organized and clean

    We donate or discard Things we don't use anymore, vacuum and dust everything every week

    I guess we're both children of hoarders, so that's a good motivation

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    tinwhiskerstinwhiskers Registered User regular
    I found my old flip phone last weekend. I got my first smartphone in 2010 or 2011, I've moved 3 times since then.

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    IronKnuckle's GhostIronKnuckle's Ghost This is also my fault Registered User regular
    I dunno if this is a secret exactly, but a big personal revelation for me was discovering what a difference regular cleaning makes. For example, a toilet. If you clean it rarely, every time you do it it's a whole production. It's pretty gross, it takes a long time to do it, and so on. In other words, plenty of ready made excuses to put it off for a bit.

    But, if you wipe that thing down once a week? Well it never gets particularly gross, and it takes five to ten minutes, then you're done.

    Apply that to your whole living space, and you can do around three things per day, regularly, and keep your whole space clean and livable. Also makes getting ready for company to come over so much easier.

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    #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    We are moving in two weeks so there is a fucking RECKONING happening right now.

    We're selling, donating and tossing so much stuff because having a toddler during a move really motivates you to downsize.

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    AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    Yeah. I've heard that mentality a ton, and want to try it. I've even done some efforts towards just doing some cleaning every day. But I always fall off the habit, and of course there's that initial hurdle of getting it to a good state to start with.

    But yes. Once you get it clean, it's much easier to keep it clean. A fact I love dwelling on is that dust isn't static. It's actually made up of cells and detritus.. and over time, that shit breaks down and becomes a gloopy mess that is harder to get off things. So get it off it early!

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    astrobstrdastrobstrd So full of mercy... Registered User regular
    I dunno if this is a secret exactly, but a big personal revelation for me was discovering what a difference regular cleaning makes. For example, a toilet. If you clean it rarely, every time you do it it's a whole production. It's pretty gross, it takes a long time to do it, and so on. In other words, plenty of ready made excuses to put it off for a bit.

    But, if you wipe that thing down once a week? Well it never gets particularly gross, and it takes five to ten minutes, then you're done.

    Apply that to your whole living space, and you can do around three things per day, regularly, and keep your whole space clean and livable. Also makes getting ready for company to come over so much easier.

    While this is sound advice, cleaning is competing for time with getting high and playing video games.

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    IronKnuckle's GhostIronKnuckle's Ghost This is also my fault Registered User regular
    So two things. You gotta make time for it, and you gotta make it a habit. Just like any other goal you might have, like exercise, the hardest part is just getting started.

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    DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    I moved a lot, so I downsized with each move.

    Aside from furniture, what I have now could fit in my small car. And I like it that way.

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    QuantumTurkQuantumTurk Registered User regular
    So my partner and I are mismatched in that I live by functionality, and they have actual diagnosed OCD issues. This causes friction because I won't notice things and they will come near panic over things I find innocuous. I've gotten a lot cleaner, but the nature of brain spiders is it's never really enough, and it's very frustrating on both sides. So ya'll I am pretty fuckin' hype that it makes sense now for us to hire someone to come clean every so often. Got a deep clean coming next week, and then trying out every other week after that. I know it's spoiled as shit, and we are super fortunate. But I don't feel at all bad giving some money to some other people though. Better than hoarding it at any rate, and we did our best to find a service that actually treats employees well, gives them proper full time jobs and benefits, and we'll be tipping them out of course.

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    DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    So my partner and I are mismatched in that I live by functionality, and they have actual diagnosed OCD issues. This causes friction because I won't notice things and they will come near panic over things I find innocuous. I've gotten a lot cleaner, but the nature of brain spiders is it's never really enough, and it's very frustrating on both sides. So ya'll I am pretty fuckin' hype that it makes sense now for us to hire someone to come clean every so often. Got a deep clean coming next week, and then trying out every other week after that. I know it's spoiled as shit, and we are super fortunate. But I don't feel at all bad giving some money to some other people though. Better than hoarding it at any rate, and we did our best to find a service that actually treats employees well, gives them proper full time jobs and benefits, and we'll be tipping them out of course.

    It's not spoiled as shit to recognize that this is a wedge issue you two cannot agree on and that trying to fix it is necessary for the relationship.

    Destigmatize paying people to help with stuff you can't do on your own.

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    QuantumTurkQuantumTurk Registered User regular
    Doodmann wrote: »
    So my partner and I are mismatched in that I live by functionality, and they have actual diagnosed OCD issues. This causes friction because I won't notice things and they will come near panic over things I find innocuous. I've gotten a lot cleaner, but the nature of brain spiders is it's never really enough, and it's very frustrating on both sides. So ya'll I am pretty fuckin' hype that it makes sense now for us to hire someone to come clean every so often. Got a deep clean coming next week, and then trying out every other week after that. I know it's spoiled as shit, and we are super fortunate. But I don't feel at all bad giving some money to some other people though. Better than hoarding it at any rate, and we did our best to find a service that actually treats employees well, gives them proper full time jobs and benefits, and we'll be tipping them out of course.

    It's not spoiled as shit to recognize that this is a wedge issue you two cannot agree on and that trying to fix it is necessary for the relationship.

    Destigmatize paying people to help with stuff you can't do on your own.

    Yeah I just get really torn, I've been extremely fortunate in many, many ways. From my own and my parents background the idea of hiring someone to clean for you is just...ludicrously bougie. And ideally these people coming to clean would have even better jobs. But I'll do what I can to make sure they are treated well. I'm just super uncomfortable with the dynamic of me being the person with power through pay, even if I strive to do well with that.

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    DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    You don't hold any more power over them than any other transactional relationship.

    Do you feel the same way about bartenders, waiters, artists, plumbers, electricians, contractors, etc?

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    AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    That was my thought too. If they are getting fairly compensated and treated well, then it's okay. :) Getting in-house caregivers for my folks really helped with realizing that.

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    QuantumTurkQuantumTurk Registered User regular
    Doodmann wrote: »
    You don't hold any more power over them than any other transactional relationship.

    Do you feel the same way about bartenders, waiters, artists, plumbers, electricians, contractors, etc?

    yes. And I've been on the other side! Working fast food, as a bus boy, or construction was all "eh it's a job, I don't mind at all when a friend comes in, I'm happy to help them" but I was always DEEPLY uncomfortable when it was my friend as my server or similar. Basically I want to get to the automatic luxury gay space communism already so I don't feel weird about others doing things for me.

    I also hate being a guest at..anyone's really, because I don't want others doing things for me in general. It's a whole thing, I know. My shrink knows too, it's just further down the list.

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    JansonJanson Registered User regular
    I like to think I keep things relatively clean and organized, that being said between working full time and having kids, clutter tends to build up.

    Regular cleaning is definitely key. I spend about an hour a day picking up things that are in the wrong places, wiping surfaces, sweeping and doing a load of laundry. Then vacuuming and cleaning toilets are once every 2-3 days and deeper cleaning is for the weekends.

    Bins and boxes are also really helpful. Just keeping the floors clear goes a long, long way to making everything look better. In a pinch I can spend 5 minutes picking up and throwing it all into a basket to sort later.

    In Jan we finally tackled our closet - that was one thing we had never done since moving in - and now that we have an actual system it’s been so much easier to maintain.

    My goals now are to try and tackle the boxes in the closet and also to organize papers. Our paperwork is a messsssss.

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    AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    Maybe I don't have enough bins... maybe that's why my attempts at organization and cleaning haven't been working...

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    #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    The phrases "keeping things relatively clean" followed closely by "spending an hour a day cleaning" is making my head spin

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    AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    #pipe wrote: »
    The phrases "keeping things relatively clean" followed closely by "spending an hour a day cleaning" is making my head spin

    Do you want me to post pictures of my mess again? Because I'll gladly post pictures of my mess again...

    He/Him | "A boat is always safest in the harbor, but that’s not why we build boats." | "If you run, you gain one. If you move forward, you gain two." - Suletta Mercury, G-Witch
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    FishmanFishman Put your goddamned hand in the goddamned Box of Pain. Registered User regular
    Even though I just moved into a new house this year, the place is disorganized as fuck. But that's partly
    A) kids
    B) the fact that the house isn't finished yet.
    Like, I can't put anything into the garage because the garage is a workshop. The linen cupboard is a frame skeleton. The cupboard under the stairs has no lining, and the floor has patches of some kind of industrial construction adhesive. So I still have boxes and boxes of stuff piled up my wife would like me to unpack and put away, but I'm like ”where am I supposed to put it between then and now?".

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    UrielUriel Registered User regular
    Y'all ever shampoo a carpet

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    JansonJanson Registered User regular
    Yes

    And it looks great for a short while but it rarely lasts

    And old stains don’t really come out no matter what is promised (even by professionals)

    I hate carpet. One day I hope to have no carpet in the house...

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    AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    Y'all ever shampoo a carpet

    Fun fact:

    A friend of mine owns a local rug cleaning company!

    So he posts videos of them cleaning rugs on Facebook all the time. It's... mesmerizing.

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    KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    I was uncomfortable with it at first (never had hired help growing up), but there's nothing wrong with hiring cleaning people. It's work that needs to be done; whether you do it yourself or you pay someone a fair price to do it, there's no reason to attach a moral value to it.

    I tend to leave the house while they're working, partly from social anxiety, partly (now) for an excess of Covid safety. And I try to vet the company we hire as much as reasonably possible to (hopefully) make sure there's no exploitation going on or whatever. They come by for a couple hours every two weeks, and as far as I can tell, everyone is better off for the transaction.

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    OdinOdin Registered User regular
    I found a freaking mini b USB cord today. Not micro. Mini.

    I have no idea what it goes with at all.

    I found one of those a couple weeks ago and was wondering the same thing, then I realized it was the cord for my PS3 controller

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    JansonJanson Registered User regular
    I’m getting a raise at work soon and depending on how much it is we may look into a cleaning service

    I currently spend somewhere between 12-18 hours a week on housework and having someone deep clean the bathrooms and whatnot would probably be worth it to reduce some of that load.

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    ElaroElaro Apologetic Registered User regular
    When does spring end? June 20th?

    Okay.

    I've still got time.

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    Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    My place is at a medical level of cleanliness because I’m usually only there four hours a day, save for the attic, which I feel should be an intensely dangerous environment. When I drop dead I want a pair of siblings to go up there with a torch and find my stuff, which, by then, will be incomprehensible, ancient artefacts (I will use these as conduits for haunting up the place, naturally).

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    TheStigTheStig Registered User regular
    edited May 2021
    Elaro wrote: »
    When does spring end? June 20th?

    Okay.

    I've still got time.

    In California spring ends April 1stish, then begins first summer and summer prime begins around June 20. August through Sept is fire summer, then October is late summer.

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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
    august through november is fire summer honestly
    then hot winter starts

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    TheStigTheStig Registered User regular
    Our fall is when all the overcast from the fires makes things a little cooler.

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    AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    I got some of my clothes in some of my drawers today! That's... progress for cleaning, right?

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    ElaroElaro Apologetic Registered User regular
    TheStig wrote: »
    Elaro wrote: »
    When does spring end? June 20th?

    Okay.

    I've still got time.

    In California spring ends April 1stish, then begins first summer and summer prime begins around June 20. August through Sept is fire summer, then October is late summer.

    I meant officially. Or astronomically. If I was going by the weather I would've said that spring ended last week when the temps hit 30C.

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