For us, this year's spring cleaning has become spring-clean-your-butt-off-to-get-the-whole-damage-deposit-back sort of situation. Not that our apartment is terribly dirty, but in addition to the regular seasonal freshening and cleaning, we'll also need to tackle a few little home improvement projects to ensure that our apartment is in tip-top shape for our move-out inspection with our landlady.
And I don't do anything without a specific game plan. Here's what's up between now and the end of April:
— Repair a few small chips in the stove surface.
— Patch an area in the carpeted baseboard where the kitties have scratched it up.
— Have the carpets shampooed.
And lastly, but certainly not least:
— Repaint the bathroom.
It seemed like such a great idea at the time. We were newlyweds and excited about finally having a new place to call our own. Our domestic bliss seems to have clouded our better judgement, and now we are left to either repaint, or have the cost of repainting extracted from our damage deposit ... and who knows how much our property management company will gouge us for that.
T-minus 20 days until the move. Do we have our work cut out for us? I think so.