Spring Cleaning the Kitchen

23 04 2011

I think Spring is finally here in Seattle to stay. Thank goodness. Yesterday was the first day that it really, truly, actually felt like Spring was here, and not just on its way. The daffodils are still blooming, but now so are the tulips, hyacinths, magnolias, and the apple trees are starting to get buds on them. The leaves all have real leaves now instead of little green promises. The sun was shining, the temperature got past 55F, and it felt great to be outside.

Mr. Ewe and I have undertaken our first big indoor project here at the commune. We have decided to clean out and organize the entire kitchen. Honestly, it feels like this is something that hasn’t been done in years. There are so many spiders, cobwebs, weevils, moths, and dust! We can only manage a couple of hours a day in the kitchen cleaning thanks to all the nasty stuff floating around in the air. We’ve had to get rid of a lot of spoiled food and a couple of boxes of extra appliances that are duplicate, broken, or just plain crappy. I would say we are about a 1/3 of the way done now, but we started with the hardest stuff first in order to maximize future storage space.

Part of me feels bad for doing this kitchen clean-up during some of the first nice days of spring. I should be in the garden transplanting peas, planting seedling onions and potatoes, tilling up new beds, or building the new chicken coop. But our kitchen is nasty. There have been lots of renters in this place over the years, and as they come and go they leave things behind, or feel that deep cleaning the house is not their responsibility. I don’t have that luxury. Mr. Ewe and I love it here. We are digging in for the long haul, which means cleaning and organizing this place from top to bottom in the next 6 months to get it ready for baby Ewe.

I feel that this need to deep clean and move into our space is upsetting the balance of some things here. There is discontent among one of the other renters. I feel bad about it, but at the same time, cleaning and organizing is going to happen one way or another. I just hope it inspires others to take some initiative and help out. Otherwise, they will just have to grumble to themselves behind closed doors and live with it.

So I decided that in order to feel like I am not spending ALL of these lovely Spring days indoors cleaning, I convinced Mr. Ewe that we need to alternate our indoor projects with our outdoors projects. After the kitchen, he is going to get the tiller we found in the backyard working, and I am going to finish pruning the trees in the orchard, and then cut up the wood and stack it to dry for this fall. Then he will probably till up some new garden beds while I re-weatherize the frame for the chicken coop.

And then we get to start organizing the dungeon erm basement.

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