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10 Signs you’re in the nesting phase…

11/04/2016 2 Comments


I’m no domestic goddess. I can cook a mean meal, but when it comes to household chores, well I prefer to work hard and outsource those jobs. It got so bad that Dickie bought an iron whose temperature auto-adjusts so that I didn’t have an excuse any more. Then we moved into a cottage with an ironing shop at the end of the street – that was no coincidence I tell you.

When people mentioned the nesting phase to me, cleaning didn’t even cross my mind. I assumed that it meant buying stuff for the house ahead of the arrival of your Mini-Human. As the Queen of Internet Shopping (copyright pending), I just figured that I’d have that whole thing nailed. Easy breezy.

Then about 2 weeks ago, it kicked in, with force. Let me tell you, it’s far less glamorous than I’d assumed. It’s involved no internet shopping & lots and lots of scrubbing. I’ve discovered dirt in crannies I didn’t know existed and nothing within a 20 meter radius is safe. My clean-o-meter has gone cray cray.

Here are some signs that you’ve entered the nesting phase:

  1. You make the bed… when your husband is still in it.
  2. You order mountains of starch spray to get every SINGLE crease out of the baby grows that you’re washing… even though you’re about to fold them up & pop them back in a drawer.
  3. You start to feel that your husband (not even his stuff) is making the house look messy.
  4. You lean over to give the sink a wipe down, mid-wee.
  5. Your cupboard runs out of room to stock all of your cleaning products.
  6. You lose your rag when your husband hasn’t completed his chores within the reasonable timescales you set in your head (READ: immediately).
  7. You fire your cleaner because you’re convinced you could do a better job.
  8. Even though you’ve spent the whole morning cursing your bad night’s sleep & feeling shattered, yo get a sudden burst of energy as soon as you spot a duster.
  9. Your daily 20 minutes of exercise are spent pacing the cleaning aisles of Waitrose.
  10. You sneak next door to clean their windows when they’re out.

Everyone says that it steps up a level a few days before the big day, but I have to say, I don’t know how that would be humanly possible. Has anyone else found themselves out of cleaning control? Please say I’m not alone???

Melanie Kentish

Hi! My name's Mel and I'm a 30 something blogger living in Windsor, UK with my two ginger cats and a rather handsome husband. White Cotton Peonies is the place where you'll find my ramblings on health, fashion, beauty, food and my random adventures as a soon-to-be mum. Enjoy.


  1. Katie


    Haha so true bless you. We moved four days before I went into labour so the night before I was scrubbing the bathroom floor at 11pm cursing the family we bought from for being so dirty! I don’t think they were, I was just obsessive!! Xx

    • Melanie Kentish


      I’ve got serious problems Katie. I swear the neighbours think that I’m starting a new line of business and am moving into cleaning! Haha xx

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