The last three days, we spent cleaning our apartment. I am talking about “serious cleaning”. The apartment has been “ours” again since Sunday, our temporary roommate moved out and we felt the need to rearrange some furniture [we have a living room now!] and really clean this place up and make it “livable”.
It took us two days.
You know, I come from an area in Germany where a lot of “open mining” is done, so I am used to some “dirt” in the air and windows get dirty quickly – but let me tell you, Los Angeles can easily compete. Our window sills are always! dirty… and don’t get me started on the windows themselves. After I cleaned the windows from the inside on Monday, I took a step back and asked J ‘does that look remotely clean to you?’. He asked back if I had cleaned the windows already or if this was a joke.
Well, it wasn’t a joke. I thoroughly cleaned the windows from the inside, but since you can’t open American windows [just slide] and there is this screen in front of them, it was impossible for me to clean the windows from the outside and this is where most of the dirt is. My Mom will probably throw her hands up in horror when she sees that next week, but hey, it really isn’t my fault. I already called our landlord to ask if there was a window cleaning service for our apartment complex [I have yet to hear back] or if we have to hire someone ourselves. Seriously, I am really not fussy about dirty windows, but ours really need cleaning bad! And it took me at least 1,5 hours to clean each one of three venetian blinds, because I had to wash off each individual blind separately. This is a tedious job for the proverbial someone who killed mother and father!
We rearranged the furniture in the living room and now even have an expandable dining table with up to 6 chairs [right in front of the bay window :)]. This is something that I really wanted to set up before my family comes, so we can have dinners at our house and don’t have to try and fit 5 people around a much too small kitchen table.
our living room [click for more photos]
We cleaned the whole kitchen as well. I don’t know how thoroughly the apartment was cleaned before we moved in and/or how much time J spent cleaning up when he moved in, but there was a lot of dirt in the cabinets, on the shelfs. Just gross! Now it almost feels like I don’t want to use the kitchen anymore, because everything is clean and it will only become dirty again in no time!
Bathroom and bedroom were finished yesterday and today I did the laundry. Now it feels like we have a completely “new” place :)