Wednesday, February 22, 2017

And So It Begins

Yesterday around noon we got a call from our lawyer's office that our new home was officially ours, so we drove over to our new city a couple of hours away, stopped in at the lawyer's office (the lawyer of the old owner), picked up the keys and spent the day at our new place. While there, the most amazing man in the world dedicated his time to setting up the alarm system and I spent my time here:


In our new kitchen. Washing and scrubbing. Scrubbing and washing. And then scrubbing and washing some more. Don't let the photo fool you, there are layers of dirt and grease on the cabinetry. It was so hard to clean that at one point I just wanted to stand in the middle of the room and start crying. Not the silent, little sniffles type of crying. But the loud, blubbering, howling type. Because. I. Was. So. Frustrated. And I didn't think I could handle anymore. But I took a break and managed to pull myself together.


By the time we wrapped up to head back home to Kingston,  I was beyond tired. And even more frustrated. Because with all those aches and pains that I was left with, I had only managed to finish about one third of the kitchen (and if that).

And you know what? Today we get to do it all over again. I want to lie down on the floor and not move. For several weeks.


Ah, well...onward and upward.

So that's going to be my day. What are you up to?

56 comments:

  1. Wish I could be with you there to clean! We would crank up the music, talking and laughing as we scrub! Blessings on you in your new home, looking forward to the photos from your new area.

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  2. Grease build-up is the worst thing to clean. I don't know how it would work on high gloss paint (which your cupboards appear to have) but TSP (trisodium phosphate) found at Home Hardware is amazing. It comes as a powder that you mix with water and a little goes a long way. You'd want to test it on a small area first to make sure it didn't dull the finish. That advice probably comes too late, anyhow! Good luck. Maybe you could just put down liner paper or waxed paper in the cupboards you haven't gotten around to and do them at your leisure once you get moved in?? Oh dear. I feel your pain! And I love the pictures!

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    1. I should have gone to the hardware store and check out the products before I started all this. Live and learn. Thankfully, I discovered yesterday that most of the kitchen isn't too bed. It's the upper cabinets that seemed to have the most grime. So things went more smoothly the second day!

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  3. oh man .... I feel your pain! and giggled just a bit with those memes (they are pretty funny)

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  4. Hang it there! All your hard work will be worth it.

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  5. I like the brightness of the kitchen! It will look fabulous when all the cleaning is done (and I'm surprised the former owners didn't at least clean before they moved out??)

    betty

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    1. They did clean but a surface type cleaning. This house needs a deep cleaning and a paint job. It looks dirty because it hasn't been thoroughly cleaned it was seems like years. And it probably hasn't been painted for just as long.

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  6. I don't love strong cleaners but when it comes to greasy build-up in kitchens I vote for Mean Green. It melts that greasy substance off and saves your sanity!

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    1. I haven't heard of that one. I should check it out. It could make a world of difference with all the cleaning I have ahead of me. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  7. Wishing I was there.....I'm a workhorse when it comes to cleaning (diligently trained by my workhorse mother). Hoping you find the strength and energy you need to get through today. You can do today ♥

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    1. I seem to still be standing, Linda :) I think I'm going to make it!

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  8. If I have learned one thing working in Home Support is the way people live. Martha, I have been in homes that haven't been cleaned in years. Bathrooms that haven't been cleaned in so long that it would be easier to gut and remodel than clean. I'm not being funny. So, so bad.

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    1. I believe you, Birdie! In your line of work, I have no doubt that you've seen some horrific things.

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  9. Congratulations. (I will make a toast to your new home at an appropriate adult beverage time of day!) Scrubbing other people's lack of sanitary responsibility is so nasty. I feel for you. I'm a good scrubber if you want to pay for my plane ticket out!!!

    Good luck in your new home.

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    1. "...at an appropriate adult beverage time of day" BAHAHA! That made me laugh out loud. Thanks for that, Toni!

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  10. Oh dear, I feel for you.
    Yes, we have been there done that ... as the saying goes ... but it doesn't make it any easier.

    But it is going to be so rewarding when you do move in and relax a little (should that read fall down in a crumpled heap!!!)

    Thinking of you, and all good wishes to you both

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks for your support, Jan! Like all hard work, there will be a lovely pay off in the end. I'm looking forward to the sparkling clean kitchen I'll have!

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  11. Sorry to hear the old owners left the place dirty, but just think how sparkling it will be when you're done with it! OR could you perhaps splurge a few hundred bucks for a professional cleaning service to do all that work for you? Just consider it a necessary moving expense?

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    1. I had a professional cleaner do our kitchen when I couldn't get greasy grime off the cabinets and it came up a treat! It's true they probably used nasty chemicals I wouldn't want to touch or breathe, but sometimes elbow grease just doesn't cut it.

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    2. That is what I'm looking forward to, Debra. A sparkling clean place once all this grimy work is over with. Trust me when I say that it crossed my mind to have all this work done professionally. Painting and moving, too. But we've had so many expenses in a short period of time, including having to purchase three new major appliances, so no go. We decided to move, clean and paint on our own...and use whatever money we have to spare to go on vacation. It'll be a gift to ourselves for all this hard work! So given the choice, I'd rather take the vacation than spend it on these services.

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    3. You are fortunate, Natalie. Unfortunately, it's just not in our budget at this time!

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    4. Well, I can see the lure of a nice vacation after all this work is done! I know how you love to travel!

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    5. The offer of a vacation always does me in! LOL... I see a beach in our near future :)

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  12. So sorry you have to do so much cleaning, I've been in that situation, maybe worse a long time ago

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  13. That sounds a bit like my garage. More dirt and grime than you could imagine. Makes you want to smack the previous homeowners for being so rough with it.

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    1. Our previous home owner is an 85-year-old lady that is now in a retirement residence, so it's hard to be upset! :)

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  14. Before we moved in to our house we made it clear that we were only buying the house if they got contract cleaners in to clean it all before we moved in. I think in the end we shared the cost. It was money well spent. Mind you we could do with having it done again now too!

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    1. That sounds like such a great idea. Unfortunately, there are very few really nice homes on sale in our new city, and making demands just won't work!

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  15. Cleaning a new place is tough. Why don't we see the mess when we are buying the place?

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    1. I think we do but we don't know how hard it is to clean until we get started!

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  16. I am sorry you had to work so hard to clean your new kitchen, it is beautiful though. I love the countertops.

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    1. Kitchens and bathrooms are always the toughest, but well worth the hard work. Those are two areas that I like very clean!

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  17. Thanks for the sneak peak at your new digs! I'm so nosy, I love checking out other peoples' houses. (In a good way). Now, of course, you are making me think I should be scrubbing my kitchen more often. -Jenn

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    1. Most of the time, I give my kitchen a good cleaning once or twice a year, depending on how dirty it gets. Now that there's only the two of us, it stays clean much longer.

      I'll be sharing more photos of our home as we move ahead. I also enjoying checking out homes in a good way!

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  18. I can definitely understand your breakdown!!!
    But you will soon be able to put this all behind you and enjoy your new home with that wonderful hubby of yours and the 🌞 will shine bright once again along with your kitchen 🌻

    Big Hugs
    xoxoxo

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  19. Somebody/something (the universe) is testing you both!
    You will pass with flying colours, Martha! And enjoy your vacation when it comes.

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    1. It is definitely something to look forward to. A vacation will be a great payoff for all this hard work!

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  20. I hope someone can help you. I'm sorry you have to tackle so much cleaning. But look at how awesome it's going to be when you're done. It will be all clean and shiny and a happy place!

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    1. That's what I'm looking forward to...a squeaky clean place!

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  21. Ouch! I feel your pain, too...At least you'll have the satisfaction of knowing it will have been a job well done when you are finished. In my experience with cleaners, too many simply surface clean. Mine will not clean my oven or the insides of cupboards. I hope the rest goes smoothly and that you'll enjoy your new home and your holiday.

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    1. Thank you! We are looking forward to this new home and new city. And being closer to loved ones!

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  22. Greasy kitchen grime is the worst (well besides creepy bathroom grime) but once you are over this hurdle it will be so nice to get your stuff put away. I wish I was there to help. I typically don't mind cleaning but layers of gunk can be frustrating. There is something so satisfying about having things thoroughly cleaned.

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    1. Creepy bathroom grime! BLEH... That is pretty gross. The bathroom and the kitchen. Those are two rooms that I like clean and I'm willing to put in the extra effort even if it's totally frustrating.

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  23. Hahahahaha, those pictures. They say it all. I love it.

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  24. I have literally had a nightmare about the state of my kitchen when I got this apartment. I almost never have nightmares - I can remember a grand total of three dreams that could count as nightmares, and one of them was about my fridge.

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  25. Glad u posted a pic of your kitchen looks like a nice place to hang out and cook -. I so feel for what you went through having gone through that myself ....three times since we initially sold our big house..ugh...and cabinet cleaning ..ohh and ugh.

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    1. You know, Sandy, I don't even mind the packing and unpacking. What I cannot stand is the cleaning and painting. If I could have the place ready from top to bottom, moving stuff in and putting them away is relatively easy!

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