My New Fancy-Schmancy Toile and Squeaky-Clean Bath – Sponsored by the Home Depot

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

When we were looking for houses, “number of bathrooms” wasn’t really on my list. I just always clicked “2 or more” on the real estate website search. I’d never lived in a house with more than two potties, so I didn’t see it as something I needed.

If we were to search for another house now, my requirements would probably be different. Though it wouldn’t be a dealbreaker, I have learned to LOVE having 2.5 bathrooms. Love.

I love being able to point guests to the Guest Bathroom. Not the Kids Bathroom that Guests Can Use. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but for someone who stresses over cleaning (especially BATHROOM cleaning!), it’s so nice to have that designated space. It’s also nice that it’s a half-bath, so a five-minute wipe-down can have it ready pretty quickly.

But . . . sometimes I count on those five-minute wipe-downs for a few too many weeks before I realize I need to do a deep clean in there. (Especially when those five-minute wipe-downs were done by my kids.)

So, for The Home Depot’s Squeaky Clean Bath program, I was glad to have the motivation (and supplies) to deep clean it so it can be ready for whoever needs it!

But, I didn’t clean the toilet.

I got a new one!! Seriously. That old, wobbly, wiggly-seated, hard-to-flush toilet is gone. Out. The plumber who installed my new one took it away. I never even saw it again after I let him into the bathroom.

Each member of the family has properly welcomed the American Standard Optum Tall EL Complete Toilet into our home. We all like her him it. It’s taller than normal, which is good for our guests who aren’t as young as they used to be. It also is “high-tech” with features that are supposed to keep it cleaner.

Really! I was skeptical at first too, and we’ll have to see how it plays out in the long run, but here’s what makes it different. First of all, it flushes differently. The entire bowl gets flushed with a single gush of water, including the rim. AND, the rim is different, without the icky, hard-to-get-to part. It’s all one continuous piece. I caught a picture mid-flush:

Can you see the difference?

And it’s just so pretty!!!

I was so excited to get a new toilet that I while shopping for some Scrubbing Bubbles products for my Squeaky Clean Bath project, I also got some paint!

Paint? Well . . . about four years ago (at least), I got this crazy idea to paint that bathroom a horrible color. Actually, my idea was to paint it a pretty color, but it turned out horrible. I realized half-way through that I hated the color and that my plan to only get a quart of paint wasn’t a good one. I thought I’d have to re-paint it later.

I just didn’t mean THIS much later.

But a shiny, new toilet is a great reason to finally deal with that paint-color mistake. After Christmas (sorry Christmas-time guests), I’ll use the entire gallon I bought to re-paint the bathroom in a much more subtle color. I’ll share pics when I’m done.

I was motivated by the idea of the new toilet, but the reality of the new toilet and the fact that it’s a different shape so my lame attempts at painting behind the toilet are now painfully obvious is really motivating me now.

I got the sink and faucet squeaky clean with the Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner (lemon-scented), and used the Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaner to make the most of that VorMax flushing system cleaning the whole bowl with each flush.

I really love anything that can do the work so I don’t have to work as hard to get the bathroom deep-cleaned and less germy.


Note: I was surprised at the cost of the American Standard Optum Tall EL Complete Toilet. It wasn’t as expensive as I thought it would be when I heard about its fancy-schmancy features. If you need a new toilet, it’s worth looking into that one. The plumber said he’s been installing a LOT of them.

Other Scrubbing Bubble products in the picture above:

Disinfectant Scrubbing Bubbles® Aerosol 22oz

Scrubbing Bubbles 32oz Foaming Bathroom Cleaner

Scrubbing Bubbles Mega Shower Foamer

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Uncle Clint’s Desk – Accepting Hand Me Down Furniture (Without Cluttering Up My House!)

I am so excited to get a “new” desk! It’s not new at all, and it isn’t even new to me!

It was in my room as a child.

I do love furniture that’s free and nice. But I don’t like not being able to walk through my house. So before I said I wanted it, I took a moment to figure out which furniture piece I’d have to replace to have a spot for it. I realized pretty quickly that I’d MUCH prefer to have this desk over a plain and boring table that I’m currently using for the computer in our gameroom. So that’s what I will replace. (After Christmas. For now, the delivered-last-night desk will be in the garage.)

Here’s a recent text conversation I had with my mother:

(If you’re an email sub, be sure to click on “Show Images” to be able to see the images of the texts and know how this all went down.)

And please forgive text/autocorrect mistakes.

Do I Want that Desk at

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I’m thankful for an understanding mom who cracks me up even though she’s a terrible texter. (This is an example of some of her BEST texting ever. Go mom!) Here’s her blog.


My related posts plug-in died a sad death, so here are some posts that you might like if you like this one:

The Container Concept podcast (The Container Concept is what I used here since my house can only “contain” so much stuff!)

One In One Out and Big Stuff

Clutter Busting Concept: Replace


From the Mailbox: “My Slobby Behaviour Isn’t Set In Stone” - From Our Mailbox
I loved this email I received recently. I love seeing how simply changing attitude and thoughts about what is possible can make such a huge difference!
Hi Dana,

I just wanted to write you a little message, thanking you for sharing your journey through your blog. Someone on a mother’s Facebook group I’m in shared your Facebook page, and I looked at it, thought it was interesting, and put it aside – because ‘those sorts of blogs’ never really work for me.

But something drew me back to your Facebook page, and then to your blog and your podcasts and something clicked. I’m also a life long slob, from a long family line of slobs, full of excuses and procrastination. But listening to your ‘slob story’ on the podcast (and then buying the ebooks with Years 1 and 2) made me realise that I don’t have to accept that ‘it’s just the way I am’ and that it really wasn’t too hard to make that extra bit of effort and have a nicer home.

I especially wanted to thank you today, since it’s the day my husband comes home. My husband works away – we live in Australia where a lot of resource and mining related jobs are remote towns and workers are knows as FIFO (Fly In Fly Out) workers. We’ve lived the FIFO life several times during our relationship and marriage and when it comes to housework, it tends to go the same way – he helps me tidy when he’s home and leaves a ‘surface-tidy’ house when he goes away. Then I spend the next ten days (or 2 weeks, or once 4 1/2 weeks – we won’t talk about that) making a mess because ‘that’s just who I am’. Then the day he’s due home, I race around ‘cleaning’ (by shoving everything into my study/sewing room – which I then can’t use), snapping at my toddler and feeling guilty if I spend time on anything but housework.

But this time – the first time since I discovered the podcasts and blog – will be different. This will be the first time ever he comes home to a cleaner home than he left. He won’t feel the need to frantically clean this weekend so the house doesn’t completely disintegrate around us, and will get to spend more happy time with our son and me (and Christmas preparation!). And I’m so relaxed! I went to a Christmas break up party this morning without once feeling guilty! And though I’ve done some cleaning today, there was nothing I *had* to do – it was all just things which made our house extra nice (ok, and let me close the linen closet properly).

So thank you, thank you, thank you so much for being so honest in your blog and allowing me to realise that my slobby behaviour isn’t set in stone. I’ll be continuing to read and listen, as I continue to make my house – and my life – a happier place.



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