Stacey Solomon, 31, has revealed why she made a special effort to ensure her old house was spotlessly clean before she and her family moved into their new home at Pickle Cottage. The former X Factor contestant admitted she felt concerned about being “judged” by the new homeowners who bought her old house in Essex, due to her reputation as a cleaning and organising expert.
The mum-of-three, who moved into her new house today with fiancé Joe Swash, their one-year-old son Rex, and her two older sons Leighton, eight, and Zachary, 13, from previous relationships, took to Instagram to explain her extensive preparations to fans.
While sharing a video of herself jet washing the family’s former patio in view of her 4.2million followers, Stacey penned: “Patio furniture is on the grass so I get to have some fun with the jet wash.
“Some of you are asking why I’m doing things the next people could do.
“Firstly, I’d be embarrassed to leave random things like the vinyl on when everything else is gone and I feel like it would be savage not to give everything a really good clean.
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“Also, imagine the judgement if anyone finds one speck or dirt or hole in the wall it’ll be straight in the paper.
“Plus, I actually enjoy this and get so much satisfaction from it so wahoo.”(sic)
The Tap to Tidy author went on to speak to fans in a video, which showed her old home looking completely empty and spick-and-span just before she moved out.
An overwhelmed Stacey said: “Here we go, this is it, so empty!
“So I’m going to take all my mirrors with me that I made and start again!”
Despite her worries and emotional state while making the big move, Stacey seemed delighted when she and her brood finally made it to Pickle Cottage.
Stacey and her boys posed in front of their new home, which features Tudor-style wooden beam detailing and reportedly has its own library on 2.5 acres of land, according to the Sun Online.
The television personality wrote alongside the sweet image: “Home Sweet Home. And so a new chapter begins. We can not even describe how strange it feels that this is home.
“Never in a million years did we ever think this would be. We feel so lucky and are so grateful to have found this hidden treasure closer to our family and further out.
“We can’t wait to fill it with love and give it our everything. To raise our family here. And to just start a fresh.
“I’m very emotional for some reason. It still hasn’t sunk in and doesn’t quite feel real. Thank you for all of your supportive, kind, loving messages.
“We love you to the moon and back and I can’t wait to show you around… Here’s to the next chapter in pickle cottage.”