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My house is driving me mad. I'm on maternity at the moment and have nothing to do all day but clean it, but somehow it never feels clean. I've donated maybe 70% of my unnecessary possessions too. Yesterday, for example, I repainted my kitchen white and scrubbed the floors, today I deep cleaned the oven and bath. Still feels filthy to me, all I can smell in the kitchen now is drains?! Our drains are fine, so I have no idea why I'm smelling it. As we rent from a family member, we can't do much to upgrade it and it is a very old, leaky, crumbly house. What do people do to make their house feel really clean? Any tricks/tips because I feel like I'm going insane 😂
Oh, your letter brings back memories. I know exactly what is happening, you are nesting. This is a very normal part of pregnancy and a very good sign that all is well. Luckily, it doesn’t’ last forever. Your house sounds spotless! You have de cluttered and deep cleaned. Now it is time to get ready for the baby, which is the fun part! Get everything ready, clothes, sheets, diapers etc. Get your own bag ready too. Put some baking soda down the drains, keep the plug in and buy a couple of those non scented odor sponges (they come in a container like a margarine container and work wonders) because old houses often smell musty in the spring when the ground is thawing. Open the windows a crack to let in the spring air. Pregnant women can often smell things a mile away, I could not sleep once because of the smell of paint and I searched the house in the night until I found a gym bag with paint clothes in it and had to put it outside. My grandma said if your windows and floors are clean, the whole house will look clean. You are definitely not going insane. Don’t forget to take the time to put your feet up and rest every day, take advantage of this time off to read or watch your favourite show because once the baby comes you won’t have time and you want to go into labour as well rested as possible. This too shall pass, hang in there and your amazing sense of smell will go back to normal when the baby is born.
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