Cleaning Up at the Home Depot

man painting a bathroom

I know I’m not alone when I say, “If you want something done, do it yourself.” Now, I am married to the world’s best guy (I know, I know, you think YOU have the world’s best guy), but sometimes he just doesn’t see things the way I do.

For example. My husband announced that his parents were coming to stay with us, IN OUR HOUSE, for four days. The first thing I thought of was that I needed to do a massive power-cleaning. My mother-in-law is a total germaphobe who practically walks around with a bottle of disinfectant. I’m no slob, but when she finds, and she will, the teensy crumb from day-old toast, she will make a major production of cleaning it up and teaching me crumb prevention.

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The second thing I thought of was the powder room. It had been in desperate need of a paint job for, I don’t know, let’s say, six years? I mean, the wallpaper is literally peeling off the walls. And once it started curling, my darling daughter started ripping. So, it is a mess. But, it’s a teeny, tiny room that will take no more than an afternoon to prep and paint. My husband has been promising to do it for well, six years now. I’ve heard every excuse in the book, but since I’m the world’s best wife, I just let it go with a loud sigh. But even he mentioned it in the same breath as the upcoming parental invasion.

“If only we had the paint, I could have done it during half-time!” he lamented.

Duh. I should have bought the paint years ago.

So, with a “please-keep-one-eye-on-the-kids-while-you’re-watching-the-game,” I jumped into the minivan and headed to The Home Depot.

Now, I’m not a do-it-yourself kind of gal, so I hadn’t been in The Home Depot more than a few times in my life. But, it’s now my go-to spot.

I picked up the paint and a new roller in a matter of minutes – it couldn’t have been easier. As I was heading to the cash register, I kind of got waylaid in the bathroom aisle. I mean, as long as we were painting…

Bathroom germs do tend to skeeve me out, so when I saw the Kohler Cimarron Touchless Toilet that flushes without having to touch a handle, I knew we had to have it. I also knew my husband could install it easily because after all, he’s that kind of a guy!

I know I should have left right then, but I kept wandering. I had no idea how many great germ-busting products they carry! There’s the Moen Haysfield Pull-down Kitchen Faucet with MotionSense and sprayer. Could you imagine a hands-free faucet in your very own kitchen? And then there was a Delta 5-Spray Showerhead with a SELF-CLEANING nozzle. I mean, how often do you get around to cleaning your showerhead! When I came upon the American Standard Champion whirlpool tub with antimicrobial additives molded directly into the water circulation piping, I knew it was time to go.

Well, the powder room got painted and the touchless toilet installed in plenty of time for the invasion of the in-laws. My husband’s mother was so impressed with my attention to germ-prevention that I knew exactly what to put on my Christmas list. Something that would keep both her and me happy.

A Home Depot gift card!

What was your best find at The Home Depot?


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