Your bags are packed. You’re ready to leave. Before you head out the door, here’s how to get cleaning your home before vacation.
I know I’m not the only one to clean my home before leaving for vacation.
There’s just something about knowing that I’ll be gone for a while that makes me want to get all my homemaking ducks in a row.
Inevitably, I make the vacation preparation process harder on myself as I plan and pack for our trip – and then rush to majorly clean our house.
Sometimes, I think it may stem from my paranoia – if something happens to me on my trip and I don’t return home on the expected date – I want people to find a clean home.
Practically speaking, there’s no way I’d want to come home after a restful vacation to a messy house. It’s tough enough to settle back into everyday life when I’ve been used in living in vacation mode.
Plus, it is just so welcoming to finally come home … and everything is clean. That is, until I start unpacking.
What you need to make sure you clean before you leave
If you don’t clean certain areas of your home before vacation, you’ll be welcomed home with disaster.
Believe me. One year I was sure I had cleaned everything. But after one week away, I was shocked to come home, open my door, and be welcomed by the stench of a rotting potato.
Ever since, I check how old any potatoes or onions are before I leave them for a week.
So what should you clean? Here are 4 areas you’ll definitely want to double-check before you leave:
Make sure you empty all the trash cans and garbage cans in your home.
Refrigerator and pantry
Eat, drink, or throw away anything that may spoil (like old potatoes).
Make sure all wet laundry is out of your washing machine and dried. If possible, take the dried clothes out of your dryer so they don’t get completely wrinkled.
Or, if you’re drying them late at night and you don’t feel like putting them all away before you leave early in the morning, simply fold them and neatly stack them in your dryer. I’ve done it before. It works.
Make sure to wash your dishes before you leave. Putting them away is even better.
Other areas to clean
Aside from those essential areas, you may want to:
- Make your bed.
- Do a quick clean of your bathroom. (Make sure any damp bath towels are hung up to dry properly.)
- Pick up clutter.
- Put clean laundry and dishes away.
- Mop and vacuum your floors.
Now that everything is cleaned up, get ready to leave … and have a wonderful vacation!
When you’re cleaning your home before vacation, what do you always make sure you clean?
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