My Little Corner of the Web

What does a 50-year old retiree do with her time? This is my little area to talk about thrifting, repurposing, cleaning, organizing, decorating, gardening, cooking, family, and whatever strange and unusual thoughts come to mind. My dd and ds have both moved out, so it is just DH and me living out here on 20 acres near a small town in Missouri. My sister-in-law and I are going to open a booth at a local fleamarket/antique mall, so I am excited to work on all kinds of fun projects :) I hope you enjoy and find something of interest.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Do boys ever learn to aim??

By my title, one might believe I have a young boy at home.  If you've been reading (I don't think anyone has...), you would know that we just took our baby off to college Friday.  I woke up today excited to clean the kids's bathroom.  Yes, excited! 

We built our house 11 years ago, and figured we'd live in it until they drug us out, kicking and screaming.  Therefore, we put all the rooms we'd need on the first floor, and put the kids on the second floor, with a bathroom and a landing.  Have I mentioned that my kids are complete slobs?  I know they do that just to annoy me.  Anyhoo, I clean their bathroom 2-3 times a year, and they manage to destroy it in-between cleanings.  Aside from my daughter living here about 3 months last year, it has been my son's job to totally destroy his bathroom.  Since it is upstairs, it is, sadly, easy to ignore...  Here is what I found when I went to clean today (warning: photos are not for the faint of heart..):

So, the pictures don't really do it justice, just believe me that it is a good thing DFS didn't come check it out, as they'd have closed us down!  I spent many hours in there and scrubbed until my fingers were raw.  Even took everything out of the drawers and cabinet and scrubbed them down.  I ended up with a load of clothes and a garbage bag completely filled.  As my title tells, I did have to scrub the walls around the toilet.  Seriously, how hard is it to hit the water??  I got on my hands and knees and scrubbed the sides of/around the bottom of the toilet as well.  OMG!  How do people who were born of my loins live like this????

I am proud to say, that bathroom is the cleanest it has been since the day we moved in.  Here are some "after" pics:

VOILA!  I just love the feeling of a really clean room.  I suppose I won't be able to allow my children up there ever again.  Hmmm ~ perhaps I need to get them a port-a-potty?  I even put in a new shower curtain that I'd picked up at Dollar General a couple of years ago for something else, but never used it.  Anyway, this makes me feel so good.  So good, in fact, that tomorrow I plan to attack the landing.  I started on it a little bit today, so I don't have a good before picture.  Later, I'll move on to my son's room.  I'm going to have to purchase a gas mask first....


  1. Oh my goodness, I can definitely relate. I have 3 boys ranging in age from 16 to 11. As I frequently remind them, I can't miss when I sit down, and I might require all genders to sit.
    Like you, I don't clean their bathroom. I only wish I had the dark color tile you do!

  2. Wow, what a transformation! Makes me want to get in there and tackle my horror show.... the laundry room. You deserve to be proud of yourself. You go girl!