Post # 1
Just bought a house. The family that lived there before weren’t the cleanest people, and it just had a dirty vibe about it. I had it professionally cleaned and am going to go through and scrub it myself this week (which is already giving me anxiety), but I just feel like it’s going to take me awhile to relax in our new home due to being quite the germaphobe. And no, I’m not claiming to be OCD or anything (I’ve had people get offended at casually using that term on here before), but it does give me quite a bit of anxiety, and I feel like the anxiety is outweighting the excitement of buying a house. It is also keeping me from being comfortable in the house as well as making it our own/setting it up how I’d like.
Anyone else been through this initially when buying a home? How long did it take you to feel comfortable? And what made you feel better about it?
Post # 2
We haven’t bought a home yet, we’re still renting apartments. However, even in college, I always spent a weekend cleaning everything before actually unpacking. I always felt a lot better in a place I knew was super cleaned than if I had just unpacked right away. I usually make it a ‘party’ of sorts too to make it go faster and be a bit more fun – get my favorite soda or wine (or both…) and play good music.
Especially now that it’s nice out (at least it is by me!), just opening up the windows and getting a breeze through helps a lot. I think once you get more of your own style in the house you’ll feel a lot better, so just go ahead and start putting stuff up and setting it out! 🙂
Post # 3
regit45: Ive been like this when we moved into another house, that had not been occupied for over a year. It was a BIG house and had LOTS of little spaces for spiders and such to live in. I spent an entire week just dusting and getting rid of spiderwebs. Then I cleaned, then I felt pretty ok. I feel like dust resettles after cleaning, so dusting is a few days process to me. And because dust is mostly like skin cells and such… yeah I have to get rid of that stuff.
The only thing that bothered me were the carpets. I mean carpets in general I hate, but especially other people’s carpets… ewww. I sprayed them down with alcohol, no matter what– I’ll never be OK with old carpeting.
Rubbing alcohol was (and still is) my best friend. Bugs hate the smell of it and its amazing at cleaning just about every surface. In the bathrooms I used soley bleach to clean everything.
Post # 4
SparkleBee11: Thankfully, we got ALL new carpet put in last week, so that is a relief. Otherwise, I’d be even more of a wreck.
I bought 3 or 4 different cleaners and plan to attack everything really well (even after having it professionally cleaned). Thanks for the tip on the alcohol.
Post # 5
I’m a renter, but our current place was pretty dirty, and the realtor offered to clean it but would have had to push back our move-in. I came in with a little help a few days before our move-in and wiped out all the cabinets, scrubbed the bathrooms and kitchen, did the floors, etc. After we moved our stuff in, I cleaned again. Even so, it took me a couple of weeks before I felt comfortable – especially in the kitchen. Logically, I knew I had Lysol-ed everything, but it skeeved me out a bit. Same with showering. You’ll adjust.
Post # 6
regit45: I feel your pain!!!!!! We bought our house last year and the people that lived there before were NASTY!!!!!!! Both my husband and I are HUGE germaphobes so we re-painted the whole house, had all light swtiches and vents changed to new ones and even got a new kitchen counter and sink cause the one there was disgusting! It gave me alot of anxiety knowing all the stuff I had to clean in that place ot make me comfortable and it took a bit for me to feel like it was clean enough for me but we have lived there almost a year now and I feel confident that things are up to par now lol
Post # 7
Paint all the walls. Nothing like a fresh coat of clean paint to make the place feel like new, especially if you already changed the carpet.
Post # 8
I’m a self proclaimed germaphobe so I can relate in that regard. Have not bought a house yet but from my renting past…I really have a horrible thing that I cannot be in an older apartment. The last two apartments I’ve had were either brand new or just renovated and I was the first tenant to live in it since. My mom has instilled this clean freakness/germaphobeness in me…I’ve learned different cleaning techniques from her (what to use to clean tubs, glass, walls, etc) but as other posters have stated..changing carpets and painting may help with the move and lessen anxiety (maybe even have another professional cleaner come in again even after you’ve cleaned what you can).