Moving Out

I am sooooo excited to move, but boy is it a lot of WORK!  Of course, it probably doesn’t help that we did things backward.  We were so stuffed into our 1st home, that my hubby really wanted us to buy our 2nd home and move so the first home wouldn’t seem so cramped to potential buyers.  It was a huge risk since we could have been stuck paying 2 mortgages.  But thankfully, it worked out pretty well.  Unfortunately, once we moved out the furniture, it really needed painting.  In EVERY room.  Ugh!  I mean, I like painting when it’s one wall or even one room at a time.  But, doing an entire house… every room, every closet, every door, all the trim… now that’s a bit much.  We were really lucky that my in-laws came to help though.  They did so much and I am soooo very thankful.  They even put up with me when the stress proved to be too much and I lost it.  EEK.  (Sorry about that L&P!!!)  I just don’t know how people choose to move every couple of years.  It is too much work and too stressful.  Hopefully we’re here to stay a while.

Here’s a few shots of the moving out process.  You can see my hubby painting the doors.  He used a sprayer to make quick (or at least quick-er) work of it.  My daughter is hard at work painting, and she actually did a pretty great job of getting into the tight spaces like closets!  My hubby’s to-do list is shown on the bifold laundry doors.  It felt so good every time we got to mark something off the list, and was a good reminder what all had to be accomplished.  I’ve also shown a couple of pictures of the monumental mess that moving process created.  Ugh!  *  moving out * moving out

the BEST grout cleaner EVER

Okay, okay.  That’s a pretty big statement, right?  But, hear me out.  Our house has white tile and {what used to be} white grout.  WHO DOES THAT?  I mean, I’ve seen some beautiful images of gorgeous white rooms, and I know it can be beautiful.  But for a family with kids and dogs, it’s TOTALLY IMPRACTICAL!  We have tried just about every product on the market over the years, and nothing has helped.  We got so frustrated that at one point we just painted the grout lines, but that only works for a while.  I had a friend suggest we just dye the grout a darker color so it looks like it was a design choice.  But, white tile and dark grout is NOT my design choice.

So, when someone told me about this little miracle combination, I wanted to scoff and roll my eyes.  I mean, NOTHING can clean white grout, especially not something as easy and inexpensive as this.  But, being willing to give anything a try, I pulled out my old toothbrush, my hydrogen peroxide, and my baking soda, and started scrubbing.  It was AH-MAZING!

I know what you’re thinking.  How is anyone that excited about cleaning grout?  And I hear you.  I do.  I mean, it’s grout.  But when you’ve lived with white dirty ugly gross grout for as long as I have, and you’ve spent lots and lots of time and money over the years trying to find something to make it cleaner and look better, you would be excited too!

So, without further ado, here is a before and after.  Be prepared to be amazed.  Or, at least to file away the “recipe” on pinterest!  ;-)  It works to clean any grout, but is particularly great for white grout! * best grout cleaner * best grout cleaner

As far as the recipe… well… I don’t exactly have one.  I just winged it.  It works best when it was a paste consistency.  But, I would literally just sprinkle some baking soda along the grout lines, and pour little bits of hydrogen peroxide in little tiny puddles every so often.  If I accidentally poured too much liquid, I’d just add more powder.  Then I scrubbed.  No, it’s definitely not the most fun you’ll ever have, but it certainly gets the job done if you put in the effort.  The room above is our kids’ bathroom, and it was pretty small and not bad at all.  The kitchen / dining room was another story.  That took a lot more effort!