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As in the time of Franklin

Tomorrow something monumental will happen in my home.

I will have, before noon, a reasonable electrical outlet in my bathroom. To me, it’s almost like the discovery of electricity itself.

Since 1964, the occupants of this residence have resorted to extreme measures to use a blow dryer, curling iron or radio.

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The only outlet, in the light fixture above the mirror.

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The cord, strewn across the mirror.

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The sad outlet, hanging near the grotesque bathroom floor.

This is something that should’ve happened before I even moved in. It was listed in the conditions under which I would buy my home. But somehow, it was too difficult to get this done.

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Clean up and abandonment

tshirt

Thanks shirt.woot.com!

This is a story that began one-and-a-half years ago. I chose today’s topic because of what I’m wearing.

You may remember The Rent is Too Damn High party. If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you understand why I identified with name of the party, if not its champion, Jimmy McMillan’s, ideology.

One of my favorite websites, woot.com, offered a T-shirt that was made for me. I bought it in the midst of my house hunt, and swore to wear it on the day I left my apartment for good.

I wore the T-shirt on the day I finally turned over the keys on an apartment I had lived in for eight years.

You may note I’m wearing a winter coat in that photo. It was New Year’s Eve 2010. I took that photo inside my new house, already anticipating this particular blog post.

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It was a cold and snowy winter.

new blinds

I even replaced the blinds in my bedroom with new ones from Walmart. They cost less than $10. The originals were extremely dusty.

I spent quite a bit of time cleaning my apartment. I was so worried they wouldn’t give me my full deposit because something was dirty.

I had felt so taken advantage of by Goldmark that I didn’t want to give them any reason to keep any of my money. I cleaned every square inch, including the walls.

I hired my own carpet cleaner because they were going to take $100 out of my deposit to hire one for me. I vowed to find a carpet cleaner for cheaper than that.

Remember the note I posted in this post?

On the Spot Carpet Cleaning actually cleaned my carpets for less than they had quoted because my carpets were so clean to begin with. I believe I paid $60. Read the rest of this entry »

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I need to get in here…

After I moved into my place on a Saturday, I realized Monday morning was going to come around quickly. And I was going to need to use the bathroom.

I decided to clean before moving my things in. It took me the entirety of a Sunday afternoon to get the drawers and shelves in the vanity clean enough for me to put my things in them. I still can’t understand why the previous owners left everything so nasty.

There’ll be a lot of pictures with this post too. I plan on remodeling the bathroom, perhaps this winter, and I will love looking back at this post.

bathroom from hall

This is the view of the bathroom from the hallway. It is quite narrow.

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Where do I start? The rooms you need the most.

A feeling of being overwhelmed started to hit. You walk into your new house, and there is so much to do. And so many things you need that you didn’t need in your apartment.

First, I scrubbed the kitchen floor because it looked horrible. It didn’t take long for me to discover, though, that what was making the kitchen floor look horrible did not come up with a rag and elbow grease. So, until I replaced that floor, it would continue to look horrible. I’ll show you some pics in a future post.

So, I started working on a room where I could make a difference: the bathroom. There are quite a few pictures in the rest of this entry. I hope you enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

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