Today I wanted to share my plan for how I’m cleaning the ol’ house in preparation for little one’s arrival.
First off, I love a good deep clean in any situation, but it feels extra appropriate with the impending due date.
I think any good clean starts with a declutter. And this is something you can do as you move throughout your space to clean it. If you haven’t done any sort of declutter before I (and everyone else) definitely recommend picking up a copy of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She takes you through her process and sometimes it’s just easiest to have someone else tell you what to do.
Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy and how you’re feeling you may or may not be able to do a full declutter. But I recommend it if you can.
I’m not going to go over general tidying but it helps to have everything put away where it goes before pulling the big guns out.
Start with dusting — because gravity, duh! Get up in those ceiling corners to grab any cobwebs that have been built, dust along the top of windows, doors, tall furniture, light fixtures, vents, shelves, tops of frames and art. Top to bottom is the mindset you should have when you should go to each room. It also can’t hurt to give the walls a quick wipe while you’re at it.
Windows — often forgotten in our regular cleaning it’s nice to vacuum up all the dust, bugs and crunches that collect on and in our windows before wiping down the glass.
Light switches and door knobs — do you ever wipe these down? I don’t, but nesting Victoria does. Think of all the people who touch these things and how we never clean them. Yeah, just give them a quick wipe down while you’re in there.
Baseboards — Sometimes I remember to sweep these off, but while you’re in deep clean mode, go ahead and wipe them off. All that dust you’ve wiped off from up above has floated down and settled on them anyways. Plus you always find some sort of dried fluid splatter on them when you get down there close and personal like.
Vacuum — Floors, rugs, furniture, anything you missed when you were dusting. I’d say we all vacuum or sweep most weeks, but don’t be afraid to pick up couch cushions, get under bookshelves and find all those dust bunnies and forgotten pieces of popcorn.
Laundry — wash the bedding, pull down the curtains and throw them in while you’re at it too. And don’t forget about all of babies things. You’re supposed to wash it all before they wear it anyways regardless of whether it’s new or hand-me-downs.
Now, let’s move into room specific cleaning!
Wipe that mirror, the better to see you with.
Scrub/wipe that sink and counter. Toothpaste and dried spit splatter, need I say more.
Vacuum and wipe any drawers or cabinets. I don’t know about you but I find my hair everywhere.
Ah, the toilet. I like to start by throwing in some toilet bowl cleaner to let it sit and do it’s work while I clean the rest of it. Wipe it down top to bottom, being careful not to miss the bottom of the toilet, below the bowel, where the urine splatter and dust likes to collect. Don’t forget to lift up the lid, and then the seat. And finally grab that trusty toilet brush and give it a good scrub, making sure to get up under the rim.
On to the shower/tub. Not nearly as gross as the toilet, but possibly as dirty. First, take out all the soaps, shampoos and conditioners so it’s empty. I like to spray it down with some water first, and then go in with my cleaner and scrub it out top to bottom before rinsing it again. I’m always surprised with how much dust and soap splatter collects on the flat surfaces.
Deep clean your dishwasher with some vinegar and baking soda. Take 1 cup of white vinegar and put in a dishwasher safe cup in the middle of the top rack in an empty dishwasher before starting it on its hottest, longest cycle. When that cycle is done, take the cup out, and sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda all over the inside of the machine before putting it on another hot, but short cycle.
How’s your stove and oven looking?
What about that refrigerator? Get rid of any expired food, forgotten about condiments and give it a good scrub down. I try to clean the food out when I come home with new groceries and every few months try to wipe it down. You might even want to pull out the vacuum to suck up any crunchies in your fridge drawers.
Don’t forget about that freezer! Are you going to be breastfeeding, pumping, aka in need of milk storage? It’d be smart to come up with a system before the baby arrives to store that precious breastmilk.
Get in that microwave. But first put in a bowl with 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and a squeeze of lemon juice. Set your microwave for 3 minutes at high power. If it’s super gross let that bowl sit for an extra 5 minutes before opening the door to let the steam work it’s magic. And then wipe it down, oohing and ahhing in amazement by how easily it wipes away.
While you’re at it scrub out your sink and faucet with some white vinegar and baking soda. If you have a stinky garbage disposal a great hack is to freeze a few lemon slices in ice cubes to throw on there and hit the disposal switch!
I like to go around and vacuum out my cabinets and wipe out the drawers and shelves while I’m deep cleaning. (This is a great time to declutter what you have in your kitchen. Are there any appliances you just don’t use, old food?)
Deep clean your washer with white vinegar and baking soda (notice a theme yet?) Start with 2 cups of baking soda and run it on a hot, long cycle. After that throw in 2 cups of white vinegar (and 10 drops of essential oil if you so fancy, and have some on hand) for another hot, long cycle.
As for your dryer, pull out that dryer lint vent and vacuum out any extra that’s been left behind. If your dryer vent tube if full it’s a good idea to unscrew it and vacuum that out.
Give the machines a good exterior wipe down.
Anywhoooo, that’s the cleaning plan I’ve been working on. What did you do cleaning wise to prep for baby? Let me know down below.