Tip 58: Clean before you go on a trip out of town so that when you return to your home you'll get to feel relaxed for longer and have one less annoying thing staring you in the face.
I am not talking about any serious cleaning here. Let's face it, you're busy packing and running errands and taking care of things at work. In the middle of this, though, find about one hour you can spend tackling those unclean items you can't overlook.
Here's what Matt and I are doing:
- Cursory vacuuming -- We're at the peak of shedding season in our house, to the point that I was so disgusted Saturday morning that Matt vacuumed a day ahead of schedule. So, by vacuuming today, it didn't take long, and we are making it so that we won't have to come home and immediately vacuum.
- Mop hardwood floors -- It had been too long, and we tried something new. More on that later.
- Wipe the dog wet-nose smudges from the front windows and door -- Notice I didn't say wash the windows, just eliminate the obvious offending marks.
- Clean the bathroom counters -- For some reason, they seem really dirty.
- Quick clean of the interior of my car -- We always take my humble 2003 Mazda Protege on our road trips because of its automatic transmission and extra space in the back for the dogs (this is compared to Matt's 2003 Volkswagen GTi, which is both smaller and has a manual transmission).
And here are a few other chores we always handle before running away:
- Unplug all appliances, within reason (most are already unplugged, but I like to do a final check)
- Empty trash and recycling, so as not to come home to anything smelly
- Clear the sink
- Refill dog food container, if someone else is taking care of the dogs
- Water plants inside and outside
I got this one about eight years ago during college, and I've somehow managed to keep it alive. Yes, there have been times when it wilted and I felt like a bad mother, but it's always forgiving and it bounces back to life.
But, I digress...
What are your get-out-of-town rituals?