Coming home after a vacation always leaves me feeling a bit drained and tired. Of course, never wanting to worry about the cleanliness of my home. So I often try to leave it as tidy as possible.
When I was younger, my mom was really good about keeping the house clean, especially before we left for an extended period of time. I’m sure that if she hadn’t, it would’ve never set well with our vacation blues and would’ve made returning home much less enjoyable.
Arriving back, after a long adventure shouldn’t be accompanied by dreading the house you are heading to. Your abode should be comforting. Inspiring.
I’ve compiled a list of tips to help achieve just that;
1. Lower A.C. by two degrees, set to dehumidify (if you have that option), and open all doors inside for better circulation.
2. Clean our refrigerator. Discard all leftovers or dairy products that could possibly spoil. Wash ALL dishes.
3. Wash linens and dog beds (if applicable). This is really helpful when returning at night. There is nothing comparable to crisp, clean sheets, after a long trip away.
4. Leave bleach in the toilet bowls. Take out ALL trashes.
5. For carpeted homes, make a mixture of baking soda and choice essential oil (I use peppermint), and sprinkle liberally on floors. Vacuum thoroughly when you return.
6. Make sure not to leave any clothes in the washer. This can ruin your clothes and really effect the smell of your home.
7. Set out preferred air freshener (I like the scented gel beads, personally). Make sure not to use anything with a wick or electric.
Now you’re set to enjoy your vacation without worry!
Until next time.