Well, I started this weekend (Saturday). I read the book and read parts aloud to DH. I also keep referring back to parts of it. I am sort of doing the Deep Treatment, but part of our issue is that there are things that we just never got finished when moving in (like certain upgrades/repairs/furninshing certain rooms/painting/window treatments.) So there are some areas that we meant to do some revamping with in the beginning but never got around to because we moved in and life started happening! Our house is pretty nice by most standards overall but daily life with a toddler sort of takes its toll. And the past few months we were focusing on going to India for a month, so house matters really got neglected then. Both DH and I are kind of clean freaks, but we're also procrastinators and have a difficult time making decisions and we feel guilty about spending money on things sometimes, so those things affect the house. We end up kind of stopped.
So, we are definitely warm people. Although we do tend to like things quite clutter free, at least where we can see it.
We both did the quiz, separately, and we were sort of suprised and happy that we both came up with very similar answers. (Like we both picked Maggie Gyllenhal for favorite actress, even though we hadn't ever discussed that together.)
And we realized that we are both really on the same page about what problems we feel there are with our house (and our life in general) and what we want the house (and life) to be like. So that was a lot of fun. And it's good that he's on board and on the same page.
We did a house tour, and listed things that need to be repaired or fixed. Some of them are small things and have already been taken care of (like replacing a light bulb for example.) Some of them are bigger projects (like painting all the shoe moldings along the floor, which we never got around to when we first moved in and got the floors refinished and those moldings installed.) DH agreed that as much as we might like to think that we can do everything ourselves, with a kid that's as active and into everything as ours is, and him having his plate pretty full at work these days, we may have to just hire a handyman or someone to do part of the work, as our list of things stretched out into about four pages! I mean, there is a big difference between a 1 bedroom NYC apartment with one young urban professional person living in it (which is what he is basing the cure on, at least the 1 bedroom apartment thing is stated and none of the examples of the people in the book had kids) and a suburban house with a front porch, side porch, basement, garage, and lawns.
The whole house has been quick-vacuumed, and the kitchen and bathroom have been thoroughly mopped. I'll have to get around to the rest of the floors gradually one at a time. Although this isn't this week's thing, I got some softscrub with bleach and a grout brush, because I realized that he is right that even though it's preferable to use nontoxic earthfriendly cleaners, which I already mostly do, my tub has gotten beyond the point where baking soda is going to do the job, and it was grungy to the point that I was actually thinking about either getting a new tub or doing that rebath thing because it wasn't coming clean. But I scoured the tub out and cleaned the grout, and now it looks very good!
I even took a bubble bath last night, which I haven't been doing lately because of the yukky tub situation! But back to the floors, as I was on my hands and knees scrubbing the tub out, out of curiosity I took the grout brush with a little softscrub on it and scrubbed the grout lines in the tile floor of the bathroom, and OMG! I could not believe how much dirt was there and what a difference there was between that area and the rest of the floor! So I think some detail cleaning is in order there, too, if the floor is really going to get clean. Sigh.
I also have been shopping and looking online at furniture and stuff, since we have long planned to buy a few more pieces of furniture and we haven't really done so. I'm not talking about stuffing your house with furniture--we have a sunroom that is unusable except as a dog containment zone because we have no furniture and nowhere to sit in there! We also decided which wedding pics we want printed and in what sizes and where to hang them and bought frames and I got the negatives out and in one place and I'm taking them to the photo place for printing today. Again, not a week 1 task but something that has been lingering for, oh, five years since we've gotten married, waiting for decisions and decisive action.
And we started cleaning up and decluttering the basement. No, not part of the week 1 tasks either, but the neatly boxed baby clothes from when we moved suddenly started exploding all over the basement as I looked through them to find one thing or another, and it's been driving me crazy.
I have a bit (well, a lot!) of extra motivation right now to get some of these things in order because my sister and her family are coming to visit next week. It's the first time they've come to visit us in our new city, and they will be staying with us from Wed-Mon. It's not like I'm freaked out about it, it's not like she'd be judgemental or anything, my sister and I are really close and so it's not like I need to do anything to impress her or anything, it's just that sort of that slightly nervous happy excitement and anticipation and wanting to go ahead and make things nice so that it will be a nice vacation for them and the house will be a nice sanctuary for us the rest of the time too!