Not to toot my own horn, but I've also been engaged on some cleanup activities in the classroom--with help from Smittex, Stephen and others. I want to reiterate the importance of emptying trash and recycling daily--I had done so myself the day before McSteve had it. We might want larger containers in certain places, but the real answer is that everyone needs to step up and empty bins BEFORE they overflow. We also need to stay on top of dishes--if you use one, wash it. (There is now a soap-dispensing sponge at the kitchen sink for this purpose.) Also, if you see dry dishes in the drying rack, please put them away.
Back to the classroom itself. Along with moving some excess stuff elsewhere (per discussion with John andMcSteve), I've begun a floor cleaning experiment. If you look closely at the classroom floor around the "kitchen" you'll notice that it's clean (minus whatever damage has been done since Friday). We're hoping to bring to full-fruition this Wednesday night, but we need your support, and even better, your help to carry this off.
The plan, which impacts the availability of the classroom for the first part of the open house, is this:
Use many bodies to move furniture either out of the room or to one side of the room. We'll leave the electronics benches, mixer and the like in place, but we want as much "open floor" as is reasonable.
Sweep the floor using compound, starting at the front of the room and moving back towards the door. As the sweepers reach the 1/4 point we let loose with the next wave:
Steam the floor using the small steamer (currently sitting in the back of my truck). Once the Steamer makes enough progress…
we finish the process with a damp mop. (I purchased a twist mop, bucket and a gallon of Simple Green citrus which is currently in the classroom, but will be moved to the "mop closet" when we're through).
It would be great to complete this project with a good buffing (if anyone has access to a machine) or a sponge mop and "mop-n-glo", but I haven't made provisions for doing this on Wednesday.
While the floor is being tended to, others can wipe down the tables, clean the kitchen area (which is in reasonable condition due to recent "attacks" on the mess there), etc.
I'm hoping that with "many hands" we can complete this project in 90 minutes or so. I am willing to start early provided there are people available to help move furniture, man brooms, etc. I know that it is inconvenient to do this on Open House night, but we've been unable to reach "critical mass" otherwise.
I'm starting to suspect that we need to make some cleaning a regular part of Wednesday nights--particularly a "it's 9:45pm, let's pick up the empties, empty the bins, do a once-through policing" effort. The place gets trashed on Wenesdays and it's left to the "day crew" to put the place back in order. This isn't right.
Work. Wander. Rest when I can.