Anyone who knows me well, knows I’m not exactly house proud. I don’t live in a pig sty (most of the time…) but I’m also not one to spend hours of my weekend cleaning my house. I just don’t have the time, and the time I do have, I want to spend with my son, not scrubbing my toilet. Between us, Craig and I do what needs doing and it’s good enough! But I think I have been doing something called…nesting?!
However, this pregnancy has sent me into cleaning overdrive! I had heard all about the nesting instinct and that when baby is due to arrive, mothers’ hormones go into overdrive and they become obsessed with having everything clean and scrubbed before they bring a tiny innocent baby into the house. Now, to me this was a myth. It never happened with Alfie. Not before he arrived, and definitely not after he arrived – if anything I got more lazy and less bothered about the state of my house!
Second time round? The nesting instinct has hit me full force. I lay in bed making mental lists of the jobs I need to do. I make lists of the cleaning products I need to buy. I spend hours researching the best cleaning hacks to get my taps sparkling clean and the skirting boards looking fresh without having to repaint them. I daydream about painting my stairs and how on earth you actually do that (don’t worry, I figured it out!) I recently asked on my Facebook page for some tips and best cleaning products to use, and my followers didn’t disappoint! I now have a great list of products and techniques to try thanks to them.
Unfortunately I have come up against two hurdles – the first being time. I work 5 days a week in my day job. I come home from work and spend the evenings working on my blog. And that’s after I’ve done dinner, bath and put Alfie to bed. I barely have enough time to do the basic cleaning I need to do in order to not have my house condemned! But I do use my time to make a list of all the things I need to do once I’m on maternity leave. I’m so determined to have this house spotless that I don’t think it will take me long to get it into a good shape (keeping it that way might be a challenge with a boisterous 2 year old and a husband who tends to be blind to any kind of mess!)
The second challenge is how much I can actually physically do! My bump is so ridiculously low, bending down to pick things up is hard, unless I’m actually on my hands and knees, and my husband isn’t too thrilled about the thought of me climbing on the table to reach the cobwebs in the corners or jumping on the bed to get ones round the light fittings. I also get worn out pretty quick, so need to take plenty of pit stops, so everything just takes that bit longer…
I don’t know if the nesting is more obvious this time round because we have a new house. As we found out we were pregnant the day we got the keys, we haven’t really been able to do anything drastic to change the house due to time, money and circumstances. We have lots of grand plans, but can’t do anything about this until I’m back at work at least so I think by cleaning and sorting the house into an organised state, it’s my way of putting our own stamp on the place. As we were renting when Alfie was born, we were limited to what we could do so we didn’t do anything! We also had a smaller place so it was easier to just do a few bits here and there to keep it clean and tidy. With a 3 bedroom house, garage and garden, there’s a lot more space for us to make a mess here, so a lot more for me to think about!
Now I am about to go on maternity leave, I have made a plan of what I need to do and when. First stop is to go and find all these amazing cleaning products that I’ve read will change my life (starting with Zoflora and white vinegar…) and then my next stop is Ikea to buy lots of storage solutions to keep my life organised once I’ve had the big clear out!
My long list currently includes:
- The nursery – this is a big job, and the first one I need to do. Not just cleaning, but actually decorating the whole thing! I can’t wait to crack on and get it done!
- Deep clean bathroom, including cleaning up all tiles (wall and floor), descaling taps, cleaning windows, sorting out the cabinets, as well as general cleaning!
- Put the finishing touches to our bedroom – put crib together, sort out storage for wardrobe and boiler cupboard, clean all skirting and coving, new light fitting, clean windows, general dust, polish and hoover!
- Organise Alfie’s room – sort out new bed, organise wardrobe, toys, books, general clean, dust, polish and hoover
- Deep clean lounge/diner
- Reorganise and deep clean kitchen
- Clean and paint stairs
- Organise garage
- Clean out both fridges and freezer
- Wash and iron all baby clothes, car seat covers, moses basket covers, cloth nappies, bedding, pram covers and slings
- Mow lawn, organise garden toys, clean trampoline
- Wash all windows
- Clear out gutters (will definitely get hubby to do this one!)
- Sort out all my maternity clothes and get my old clothes ready for when I have the baby
- Batch cook for the first few weeks of baby being here!
I honestly don’t know what has come over me, but I am so excited to start the big clean. I hope that by the time baby comes, I can just relax and get to grips with being a mother of two, knowing I don’t need to lift a finger because I can trust my husband to just keep on top of things on a regular basis. Now, I’m not sure how this plan will go down – we do have Hurricane Alfie after all – but at last I have a plan which makes me feel a bit more relaxed about it all.
Did your nesting instinct kick in before baby arrived? Did you do anything crazy cleaning wise before the baby make their grand entrance?
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