Monday, May 19, 2008

Pre-Vacation Clean Up

Why? Because it is so nice to come home to a tidy home. It is good to know that there aren't chores hanging over your head that will need you immediate attention when you walk through the door. And finally, because you will be doing so much laundry when you first arrive home you will not have time to think about doing anything else. Stick to your normal cleaning and household routine as much as possible. Three days before you leave: Put your mail and paper delivery on hold. Alert a neighbor that you will be gone so that they can keep an eye out for your home. Two days before you leave: Make sure that the house is relatively neat, beds are changed, and the major household cleaning has been accomplished. While you are away from your home, the dust will still settle, but the overall appearance of your home should be tidy. The day before you leave: Clean out the fridge. Pick up toys, put clothes in hampers, do all the major tidying so that you are not rushing to pick up and find things on the day of your trip. The day you leave: Turn off the valve for the water going to your clothes washer, especially if it is indoors. Turn up or off the air conditioner so that you are not being wasteful. Take out the garbage! .

2 comments:

All A,merican said...

This is funny....I just discussed the exact thing today with the girl who cuts my hair. She is a young Mom of a toddler about to venture out on her first big vacation away from home with the child and daddy. I warned her about the mistakes I made the first time....

forgot to bring the trash off site,

did not toss the perishables (freezing them was not even on my radar at the time!),

didn't even think to move the WET clean laundry to the dryer - DUH...

I was a very organized person back then but Motherhood adds a whole new ingredient to the mix. I learned the hard way but others don't have too.

If you are in Massachusetts and you need some guidance please contact us to discuss your unique needs. http://www.AllAmerican4you.com
A unique service for a unique you.
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All American Concierge said...

This is funny....I just discussed the exact thing today with the girl who cuts my hair. She is a young Mom of a toddler about to venture out on her first big vacation away from home with the child and daddy. I warned her about the mistakes I made the first time....

forgot to bring the trash off site,

did not toss the perishables (freezing them was not even on my radar at the time!),

didn't even think to move the WET clean laundry to the dryer - DUH...

I was a very organized person back then but Motherhood adds a whole new ingredient to the mix. I learned the hard way but others don't have to.

If you are in Massachusetts and you need some guidance please contact us to discuss your unique needs. http://www.AllAmerican4you.com
A unique service for a unique you.
We can calm the chaos in your day.