I like to keep my home tidy, but nesting got me on a whole new level. And I’ve got to say I really enjoyed it. It really hit me hard around during my second trimester. I became obsessed with cleaning and tidying and organizing everything to prepare for the arrival of my little one.
I researched cleaning products and threw away almost everything because of the harsh chemicals in them. I ended up ordering glass spray bottles and making my own
vinegar based multi purpose cleaner. I was a little skeptical about how well they’d work at first but I was pleasantly surprised at how well the formulas worked with our hard water. And it was a good thing too, because the dust on my baseboards suddenly grossed me out to no end. And every spot on a window or mirror needed to be buffed out immediately. I got so much satisfaction of deep cleaning my home.
Netflix released Tidying Up with Marie Kondo during my nesting phase. Even though I’m a minimalist and I already read the book, the series was an inspiration to me. I started to ask myself did every single hand-me-down onsie actually bring me joy? Or would it just be yet another baby item to wash and fold? Once I pared down all of the items to things I loved and looked forward to seeing my baby wear, I spent hours meticulously folding each onesie and sleeper the KonMari way. I actually thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it (mind blowing as I hate laundry). It was so fun to sit there and picture my babe in each outfit or imagine putting it on him. Not to mention, really assessing all of the baby items gave the the opportunity to bless other people around me. Kristin went through the items and picked some things out Gideon could use right away, and I was able to bless a family at church who just had a baby boy as well.
I got my husband involved in my nesting antics too. Multiple trips to the bathroom at night convinced me we had to change our room. So one evening my husband and I rearranged the furniture in our master bedroom. It immediately changed the feel of our room. I was a few steps closer to the bathroom, the curtains were easier to open and close, and we even set up a projector with an amazon fire stick to watch movies at night. It left me questioning why we hadn’t changed it sooner.
But it didn’t stop there. I changed how we organized our sheets and towels, making them more accessible and tidy. And then I cleared out my pantry of bulk items we didn’t use regularly to make it easier to maintain and more functional before paring down my cooking utensils to just the necessities.
I got so much joy out of streamlining our home. I’m not sure if it was hormones, or knowing how much more simple and convenient I was making my life, but it made me genuinely happy to curate our things.
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