Happy Sunday everyone! Today I’m having lunch with an old friend at a restaurant I’ve been wanting to try for ages. It’s a reward from me to me for breaking the back of the mountain of life admin that was clogging up my to-do list.
I’m a total control freak, so the fact that my list of things to do was getting out of hand had been starting to make me feel quite anxious. This week, I took the bull by the horns and started organising – one of my favourite things to do. After a LOT of early-bird spring-cleaning, I’ve now got a lot fewer jobs in my head niggling me awake at night. And I feel so much better for it.
To show you just how crazy I am, I thought I would share the things I’ve ticked off my to-do list:
1. Euthanase our geriatric boiler. This was top of my priorities after weeks of waking up to no heating, rushing to the leisure centre for a morning shower, and filling Oscar’s bath water with multiple pans of warmed water. I had been avoiding making the investment, opting instead for patch-up repair jobs, because I considered buying a new boiler ‘boring money’. However, nothing beats turning on the tap in the morning and knowing deliciously hot water will pour forth – it’s actually the best £2K I’ve ever spent. And if you need a brilliant plumber in south London, I can recommend mine.
2. Purge my underwear drawer of skanky knickers and holey socks. I have my eye on this new set of replacement pants.
4. Scrub the inside, outside and back of the fridge, and even ventured underneath it for a deep cleanse. Defrosted the freezer and replaced the door seal in an attempt to stop it overfrosting. (It didn’t, so this weekend I’m trying a different tactic).
5. Clean the filter and the soap tray of the washing machine – not a nice job when 30% of your washing still involves pooey baby clothes. Still, it felt good.
6. Take a bag full of old clothes and shoes to the charity shop, replace all of my horrible wire hangers with more robust wooden ones and organise my remaining clothes. I’m not in capsule wardrobe territory just yet, but it’s a start.
7. Take my trench coat to the dry cleaners ready for spring. With the evenings getting lighter, I’m feeling optimistic.
8. Audit our medicine stash. By now you must be thinking I am one of the world’s biggest losers. But Juan, Oscar and I have been ill so many times of late that it consisted mainly of empty boxes. Now, it’s been replenished, re-ordered, and is ready to take the next hit. I also got one of these.
9. Have our chimney swept for the first time in two years, then managed to build a decent fire – I knew it wasn’t my technique that was at fault!
10. Clean the oven. And by the way, if you ever need to clean anything – and I mean anything – in your home, this is the hands-down best cleaning product I have ever come across (see picture above).
Still, the to-do list in your head never ends, does it? Next week there are hotels to book, wedding lists to purchase from, a store-cupboard to clear out and a just-approved extension to start planning. Don’t worry, I won’t be keeping you posted…
Did you miss any of our posts this week? Rose revealed the reasons behind her love of netball, Rachel shared the best brunch recipes from her time running The Breakfast Club, and I recommended tips and techniques for sleep-training babies.
Are you planning a spring-clean this year? What are the jobs you never get round to?