As you round the final turn in the road to the delivery room, you might find that you have an odd compulsion to organize the linen closet. Or wash all your windows. Or fold and refold every item of baby clothing you own. You've been hit with the nesting bug. It hits mothers-to-be all over the animal kingdom, and humans are no exception. Even women who aren't normally hyper-organized seem to have a hidden instinct to make their home clean and cozy for their new arrival.
You might be a bit taken aback by this sudden need to mop and scrub. But take our advice and just go with it -- you're not going to have this much time to devote to your home for a long, long while. It might be years before you have another urge to clean the fridge with a toothbrush. If you're not sure what to attack first, here are a few areas to focus on:
The kitchen: Throw away expired, moldy or otherwise unwanted food. Cook and freeze meals for the post-baby days (and there will be many) when you just can't deal with making dinner.
The nursery: Make sure you have enough diapers, wipes, onesies, footie pajamas and other essentials to get you through the first couple of weeks.
Your closet: Do you have nursing bras? Plenty of comfy sweats and pajamas? Heavy-duty maxi pads?
Of course, a thorough general cleaning is an excellent idea, but unless your nesting instinct is totally out of control, why not spring for a professional cleaning? You're almost nine months pregnant, for goodness' sake!