We have been extra occupied around here. Bookwork kind of studies has been shoved to the background and we've been working on "home economics". It's spring cleaning time!
Some people start their spring cleaning a lot earlier than we do, but I wait till the weather is warm enough that we can open up the house, especially if we have painting and carpet shampooing to do. Here in Michigan, that can come rather late.
I made up a list of things that need deep cleaning or things that only need cleaning once or twice a year and then divided that out into a week's worth of days and subdivided it by who would do each job. I love using the charts and forms on my computer for this preparation. So one of the older girls gets to wash all the windows outside, climbing ladder and all, whereas a younger girl can do the insides of the windows. An older girl helps with painting or touching up scratched up paint (I'm sure that never happens at anybody else's home).
So this year, the bigger bathroom was in great need of repainting and the rock floor and wall around our woodstove needed watersealing to make the color come out again and make it shinier. Those jobs are now done, too, but we might add another coat of the waterseal because it just got so absorbed even with three coats.
As part of the whole job, I've been decluttering, organizing and trying to set the house up so the work flows more easily (ergonomically). I really like how the laundry area looks now. Sweetie and I put up the shelf (it really wasn't a hard job) and the hanging rod is just a shower curtain rod. The drawers are for our folded laundry till we take it all up to closets. This set-up enables us to do the folding right on the washer and dryer instead of carting it to the dining room table and then being in the way of some people who are already getting at their studies.