I started by sitting down with a drink and my notepad & pen to write a plan of action:
Then I gathered together my cleaning equipment:
- cream cleaner
- spray polish
- microfibre cloth (for polishing bathrooms & mirrors)
- all-purpose cloth (for wet cleaning)
- yellow dusting cloth
- feather duster (for getting into those hard-to-reach corners)
- marigolds (to save my hands!)
- toothbrush (for scrubbing around the taps etc)
Then I poured myself a large glass of juice, put the radio on, opened the windows and headed to the top of the house. It only took 4 hours. Stay focused, take a break halfway, and think of it as a workout! (apparently you burn about 200 calories per hour cleaning).
Once the house was spickety-span (is that a word? it is now!), I attempted to turn our hobby room into a guest room for my Mum.
I moved a little coffee table up into the room and put a lamp and some magazines on it. I also re-purposed a little basket and put some essentials such as toothpaste and a facecloth in it.
We inflated the airbed and made it up with the spare duvet, added some towels, et voila! A guest room!
We had great fun with my Mum over; playing scrabble of an evening with a glass of wine, visiting my sister (we took pulled pork & coleslaw), and catching up. Mum lives in France so we don't see each other often. We also had a bonus couple of days with my Mum courtesy of the French air traffic control strike, so I'm glad I made such an effort with the 'guest' room!