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Starting to CleanSaturday, May 26, 2007
I woke around 5:30 when the paper delivery man was making his way down our street. With all the excitement of the new house, I couldn't fall back asleep, so I headed down to the basement to start cleaning. As I'd someday like to turn part of the basement into a workshop, I've got high hopes for this space. It's relatively large - the full size of the ground floor of the house, plus the area under the front porch. During the home inspection a few months ago, we'd noticed quite a few random wires and pieces of hardware in and around the joists, and one of my goals was to start removing anything that wasn't serving some purpose. By 7:30 I'd accumulated a small box full of nails and dirt, as well as a rather large pile of wire. This house has had an insane number of phone lines (as can be seen by the mass of wires in the photo on the right) - I'd guess it's somewhere between 15 and 20!

When Katherine woke up, we had breakfast and then drove to drop off the truck and visit the IKEA and Lowe's on Columbus Ave. By 2:00 p.m. we had a car full of supplies and tools, including a step stool (the ceilings on the first floor are 9'9"), a new medicine cabinet for the second floor bath (the previous owner took the one that was there!), a small grill, and new switch plates to go throughout the house. When we were at IKEA, we saw that they have a modular closet system that could work very well for the middle room on the second floor, which we are planning to turn into a closet and laundry area.

We spent the afternoon straightening up and unpacking boxes, then it was off to see the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie at the recently built theatre just five blocks from the house. After the movie we had a brisk walk in the rain on the way home - should have checked the weather forecast before we left!

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