Cleaning up the mess

“And this mess is so big
And so deep and so tall,
We cannot pick it up.
There is no way at all!”
― Dr. SeussThe Cat in the Hat

My poor old body is sore today.   My upper back, shoulders and hamstrings are achy.   The soles of my feet are tired and my hands are raw and chapped.   I’ve been cleaning my house.

This is cleaning up after the bathroom renovation.  Tomorrow they  install the glass shower walls and put back the sink and toilet. Finito.

The floor is now tiled and looks fantastic.


Tiling was a  dusty dirty job.  Other messy business included smashing up and shoveling out the old ceramic floor and sanding  the drywall mudded seams.   A thick layer of dust floated through the house and settled on every surface.  I mean everywhere. It coated the vertical walls.  This was in spite of sheets of plastic hung around the work site.

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Yesterday I got active.  I vacuumed all floors, carpets and upholstery.  I washed all baseboards, window sills, picture frames, table tops and kitchen cabinet doors.  I washed all trim and lamps and nic nacs.  Using a special hardwood floor product I cleaned all the floors, upstairs and down.

It could have been much worst.  The worker’s kept their big power saws and grinders out in the heated solarium.  That is where they stored and cut the lumber and shaped the floor tiles where needed.   It was a great place for them to work, but….as the late afternoon sun sets slowly on the horizon it looks almost foggy outside.  The solarium windows are coated in dust.   Someone should get out there and wash those windows.


About westlakemusings

In 2013 my husband and I retired. We bought an old pre-confederation house out in the country. This blog is about our new world in the country as we explore all of life's possibilities.
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4 Responses to Cleaning up the mess

  1. I feel for you. The bathroom Reno that we did this winter was on a much smaller scale, but still amazingly dirty.

  2. wildsherkin says:

    I’m exhausted just looking at it! 🙂

  3. Carlton Hopkins says:

    Whenever I have any demolition to undertake I use medium adhesive tape together with plastic to abate dust infiltration. Simply tape off any thruway and attach the plastic to said tape. It works amazingly well and limits dust migration from all types of demo including lathe and plaster (the worst kind in my opinion). It is also helpful to place a big (20 inch) box fan in the window to create ventilation “pull” to the outside.

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