Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Spring Cleaning

It felt like a good time for spring cleaning this weekend.

Basically, it wasn't snowing. Good enough for me!

"but i love the snow."

I've been waiting impatiently for the weather to get its shit together so I could bring my trailer home and scrub it down. Every time I looked at in the parking lot I shuddered. I also love cleaning and organizing so I was legitimately looking forward to diving into this project.

top: bottom half washed, roof waiting to be tackled.
bottom: mold. mold everywhere.

I had to wash the fenders twice--there was so much mold that I was basically smearing it around the first time. The roof also needed two rounds of loving. I didn't think the body was quite as bad as it was until I started scrubbing, and then a whole new trailer appeared glowing from underneath.

so shiny and beautiful

The inside was already in good shape as I've been using it for trailering practice (a fat fucking lot of good that's done me), minus all the candy wrappers that needed to be picked out of the shavings. Tire pressure was checked on all four plus the spare, a missing grease cap was replaced, and a new light cover was put on the list for the next time I drive by a TSC. The bearings all got greased last year and then the trailer sat pretty much all year so I held off on doing that this round. It will probably get done later this summer depending on how much work it actually gets to do.

Finally it was time to tackle the dressing room!

mostly just needed a good sweep

I was expecting this to be more work/fun than it was. The downfall of loving to organize things is that they're always organized on some level. I pulled a few things out to leave at home, set some things aside to move into the barn as the weather warms up, and did a once-over to assure myself I had everything I needed to kick off the season.

extra lead rope, two lead shanks, shipping halter (now dead thanks to opie),
two extra halters, a dunce cap, and a mirror to get my hairnet hair proper

extra girth, bridle, and reins, plus standing martingale.
laundry bag for sweaty pads/clothes, poop shovel, cooler, irish knit, chairs, and road bag.
one day it will be for real warm again and i can pack his blankets away.

"hullo, would you like to come play ball with me now?"

My three drawers that house the majority of my show-only shit needed nothing more than a quick glance over. They were prepped for last year and never got to do anything.

UL: vest, mattes shims, dunce cap bag
UR: show helmet, white clothing that lives in quarantine
BL: first aid shit, duct tape (duh), tests book, baby wipes (for sweat), hair net and miscellany
including two of my three tide to go sticks. i have a lot of faith in my ability to get filthy.
BR: all of the above tucked away plus an extra clean rag (probably used for more sweat),
and my bag from bel joeor that houses my braiding kit

I always think I'm going to clean out my door, but it always gets ignored. I don't know why, there's just nothing in there that excites me.

mostly dead sponge, sunblock, rasp, sweat scraper, sunblock,
cookies that usually get made into a soup, electrolytes, mostly dead fly mask.
probably some other shit...

All that left was making sure my "Should you break down on the side of the road" box was equipped.

MOAR SUNBLOCK!!!
i didn't even know i owned that hoof pick.
registration, tool things... i have AAA and US Rider....

Yeah, I don't know. Hubby said it was fine. Pulling the Useless Girl card on that one.

Since I had the soap and the bleach out, I also brought home my grooming tote to scour. My brushes got soaked and I attempted to clean out the tote itself.

eventually i'll chuck this thing. it's like ten years old at this point.
it's broken. it never really gets clean.

nothing that needed replacing in this mess.

The truck also got washed, vacuumed out, and all fluids checked and topped off as needed--that at least I can do by myself! All that was left was to park it back at its home.

and give the naked pony some cookies

Opie got his tail scrubbed white again, half a bottle of Cowboy Magic sprayed onto his poop stains, and his bridle path trimmed. Let's be real. There's no point in making him clean clean until the day before his first show. And my little cleaning OCD heart cannot wait for bubbles and braids and Hello Kitty.

Has anyone else been hit by the spring cleaning bug? Or did you guys get spring five weeks ago and have long since moved on?

31 comments:

  1. Love cleaning and getting organized!

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  2. 2 weeks ago I got the bug for our ONE sunny day so far and cleaned my brushes and cleaned out my locker. It's unfortunately still too cold to bathe the dirtwagon and I (regretfully) don't have a trailer to clean up. Loved seeing the process and organization for yours though 😍

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    1. My brushes were so long overdue for a good soak! They were almost as dirty as my trailer.

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  3. I wanna pressure wash all the things so badly but it's never hot enough! :(

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    1. And pressure washing in rain or snow is just not okay. EVER.

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  4. Wow your trailer came out amazing! Looks brand new :) Also, I wish I had a trailer with a dressing room.

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    1. I didn't think the dressing room was that big of deal until I traded up to one and now I can't imagine living without it.

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  5. Just reading this makes me itchy to clean and organize. NEXT WEEK it begins. I ordered another storage thing for my trailer and have a whole suite of plans to implement during May to finalize everything with it's transformation into my perfect little grey box. Oohhhh I just wanna CLEAN AND PAINT AND CAULK AND ORGANIZEEEEEEEEE.

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    1. Ooh, make sure you do a post! I love reading about other people's organization!

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  6. Shit. You just made me realize how disgusting my trailer is.

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  7. Uh. What is dis spring you speak of? Ohio seems to have missed the bus on that one, we're still waiting for normal April temps.
    I want to do all the organization and cleaning things but until I can take my winter coat and britches home, ain't no way.

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    1. It was just a tease, don't be too jealous. Back to rain and wind and cold now. :(

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  8. I need to take more advantage of permanent organization of my trailer tack room. I used to store EVERYTHING in there, and now I've swung to the opposite side and keep the bare minimum, and just pack it for events, haha. I need a nice middle ground! Your trailer is looking SPIFFY!

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    1. It gets pretty bad in winter when I start stuffing it full of spare blankets and coolers and water buckets and whatever else I don't want to store at home.

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  9. The bug hit about a month ago and all horses got a full blown spa day compete with absorbine botanicals and all. Gem typically hates the attention but bring out that stuff and she’s like a horse on crack begging for her next hit.

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    1. I can't wait for the ground to dry out so I can do a horse spa day too. It's still so muddy everywhere it's not worth it yet.

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  10. Wow, nice job! Your trailer cleaned up so well, it looks practically new!
    I sorted and organized my hoard of saddle pads/horse boots this weekend. I wish there were mores hours to do more though! I need to clean ALL the tack still. And probably oil it all too.

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    1. Ugh, that's one thing I don't look forward to. I wipe down my tack after almost every ride, but deep cleaning is such a drag.

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  11. We washed our trailer a few weekends ago. it was a literal shit show. God it was filthy. Swept out the inside today. Your tack room looks so big and spacious and useful. Mine is so small and holds so little.

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    1. It really is a spacious trailer all around. I got a total steal on it! #craiglistftw

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  12. I have been doing the same thing around here since we got like three days of spring (and now it is raining and raining and raining....). There is nothing better than organizing everything in the barn and trailer tack rooms for the year!

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  13. If I buy you a plane ticket, will you please come organize my life?

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  14. Yep I totally went nuts on my tack locker the other day. Now to turn that kind of motivation to my house... or not.

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    1. Why cleaning and organizing smelly horse things is so much more fun than house work I'll never know, but it one hundred percent is!

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  15. This is making me feel guilty for being a slob... will have to arrange some spring cleaning for myself soon >:O

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