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Travelling On

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Mortgage-Free Wannabe
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  • KarmacatKarmacat Forumite
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    Thanks beanie, sleep didn't go too badly. The same workman is here today, doing his thing, I'm faffing about on the computer in my bedroom, and not quite sure what to do when I physically get going. Actually, I *am* sure, I just don't want to do it ... I need to do the washing up (difficult with no kitchen sink and only a tiny handbasin upstairs in action) and after a rest I'll probably start to clean the kitchen cupboards destined for the shed. Exotic, no? :)

    In the meantime - two purchases are to be planned, a stick blender and a cleaning method, either a stick vacuum or a steam mop. Not sure which, and not while the works are on, or while I'm restocking the kitchen. The need for decluttering grows apace ...
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  • teapot2teapot2 Forumite
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    Glad to hear all going to plan so far. I guess it was always going to be be messy having the work done but the reality can still be a bit of a shocker. Sounds like a good idea to use disposables while your DW is out of action - making life as simple as poss when its disrupted is important.

    Take care with all thats going on ;)
  • greentgreent Forumite
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    Glad it's going ok so far! - just focus on the end result... :) xx
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  • themadvixthemadvix Forumite
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    Could you wash up outside? It makes it seem more holiday-like in my experience (all those Brownie holidays!) and less awkward - need a bowl, drainer, table...
  • daisy_1571daisy_1571 Forumite
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    With you on the washing up. Theres only 2 of us plus the builders mugs of course but kneeling over the bath doing the dishes was not the most fun time in my life ! Lol, however although it seems endless at the time it does actually pass and the end result is worth it. Often they get a tap up and running for you before you get the whole kitchen done but I found it easier to carry on using the bathroom as you gave to clean up all the dust and grit before even starting on the dishes if I used the kitchen.

    Kitchens and bathrooms are very hard to work around building works but you really appreciate them once they are all up and running again :beer::beer:

    Keep on keeping on kc

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  • beanieloubeanielou Forumite
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    A stick hoover sounds good.
    I got a Shark one In January on three months interest free credit to coincide with no council tax.
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  • rtandon27rtandon27 Forumite
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    KC - our trusty old vacuum gave up the ghost earlier this year...

    ... I broke down and invested in a geeeeetech power floor k9...

    ...it was a bit ouchy in price, but lightweight, easy to use & clean and very powerful...

    ...so easy to use in fact that even OH uses it!

    so my vote (we are voting right?) is for the stick vac!
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  • beanieloubeanielou Forumite
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    Meant to say that the Shark is just fab.
    Way way better than the Dyson ever ever was.
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  • KarmacatKarmacat Forumite
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    themadvix wrote: »
    Could you wash up outside? It makes it seem more holiday-like in my experience (all those Brownie holidays!) and less awkward - need a bowl, drainer, table...
    daisy_1571 wrote: »
    With you on the washing up. Theres only 2 of us plus the builders mugs of course but kneeling over the bath doing the dishes was not the most fun time in my life ! Lol, however although it seems endless at the time it does actually pass and the end result is worth it. Often they get a tap up and running for you before you get the whole kitchen done but I found it easier to carry on using the bathroom as you gave to clean up all the dust and grit before even starting on the dishes if I used the kitchen.

    Kitchens and bathrooms are very hard to work around building works but you really appreciate them once they are all up and running again :beer::beer:

    Keep on keeping on kc

    Daisy xx
    Thanks for the input both of you. Washing outside is a good idea (except it was throwing it down yesterday :D) but I don't have a clean table to use. I have the patio table, but thats old, discoloured plastic, a castoff from my sister. I wouldn't put anything on it that I was going to subsequently use :o Plus I'd have to trek past the building site to get outside, or use the hardstanding at the front where everyone can see me, with the same issue about not having a clean table **faints** I know what you mean about the holiday vibe, though, madvix, thats a lovely thought!

    Daisy, that's interesting about not using the tap they set up, because you have to clean. Yes, I get you on that, and I wouldn't do it either.

    What I *am* doing is using a glass bowl to heat my porridge in the microwave, and then use that to wash up the things that aren't disposables. Don't want to do it in the bathroom, as that's next door to the kitchen, and the builders are using that during the day anyway.
    Downsized and paid off mortgage 2010
    Retired August 2016
    Paid off French mortgage September 2018
    New kitchen fully installed June 2019
    Not counting this! 2020
    Garden fencing completed, woohoo 2021
  • KarmacatKarmacat Forumite
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    beanielou wrote: »
    A stick hoover sounds good.
    I got a Shark one In January on three months interest free credit to coincide with no council tax.
    rtandon27 wrote: »
    KC - our trusty old vacuum gave up the ghost earlier this year...

    ... I broke down and invested in a geeeeetech power floor k9...

    ...it was a bit ouchy in price, but lightweight, easy to use & clean and very powerful...

    ...so easy to use in fact that even OH uses it!

    so my vote (we are voting right?) is for the stick vac!
    Yep, we're voting, thanks for yours, guys :):):)

    The steam mop idea comes from my brother (who hasn't taken his out of its box yet, to be fair :p ) and I have a lot of vinyl flooring in my house. My sister lurves her stick vac (though that's a Dyson).
    Downsized and paid off mortgage 2010
    Retired August 2016
    Paid off French mortgage September 2018
    New kitchen fully installed June 2019
    Not counting this! 2020
    Garden fencing completed, woohoo 2021
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