Going on vacations and traveling are some of the best things in the world.
What’s not to like?
You get to visit new places, meet new people, get some rest, and the best of all, you isolate yourself from the stress that normal life brings with. I can’t say that we travel a whole lot, but a fair amount, and what I can tell you is that every time before we leave our house, we always make sure everything is perfect for our return. After all the fun and new lived experiences – every time we get to our house after a long vacation – we always realize that we also missed being in the comfort of our home.
You will find a lot of information out there about the fun things to do when you travel. But this a post about the all the things you should get done in your house before you enjoy a well deserved vacation. So when you return from your vacation, you feel welcome to your own beautiful home.
1) Make your bed
As simple as it sounds. Ask yourself. Do I want to get home to a nicely made bed that is waiting for me, or do I want get to an unmade bed that doesn’t make me feel welcome at all?…. I also encourage you to have all of tidy up your house prior leaving. There is no need to go all crazy and deep clean the entire house before you leave. But keep it nice. No clutter or things of that matter.
2) Don’t have extra dirty laundry waiting for you
Laundry is something that multiplies more bunnies. If you left a huge pile of cloths waiting for you, when you get back. You are going to have so much work. As if doing the laundry from your vacation wasn’t enough. You are going to do the one you left behind. So please, do yourself a favor and make it a priority to wash everything before you leave.
3) Stop buying groceries
Depending on how long you’re going to be away from home. You should plan accordingly and stop buying groceries. To stop wasting food is one of my main goals for this year. If you need to buy something, try to buy things that:
- You know you will eat before you leave
- They can be put in the freezer prior leaving
- They will still be good by the time you get back from your vacation.
4) Turn off AC and Lower Heat
If you’re not going to be home there’s no need for you to have your AC on! Go ahead and shut it off. How cool is to save a little money on that. The same thing goes with your heat. Now, with your heat you have to be careful, you just can’t turn it off completely because your pipes will freeze. But what you can do is lower it, we always leave it around 50 to 55°F.
5) Check your fridge before you leave
If you’re leaving for a one month vacation, you don’t want to come back and realize you have rotten food in your fridge. That’s just disgusting, don’t you think? Check every compartment and take action. That means, you are going to freeze everything that has even a little chance of spoiling before you come back.
Note: Not only check your fridge, but also take a look where you store bread, and other goods that you normally don’t put in the fridge. Don’t leave anything behind.
6) Throw away your garbage
Out of all of these tips. This, for sure, is one the most important thing you can do when leaving your house for long period of time. If you have food spoiled in the fridge, at least, it won’t attract bugs like maggots, or really bad smells. However, if don’t throw away your garbage, you will have a mess when you come back.
I remember one day my mom and dad were leaving the house for a couple of days, and, before they left she told me, don’t forget to throw away the garbage. Well, as a good teenager, I forgot, and for my surprise, and disgust. You won’t believe that there were flies larvae growing in our garbage. My poor mom, when she got back, had to clean it up. Just because I “forgot” to throw away the garbage and I was’t able to face those living things. Sorry, but I don’t like bugs.
7) Set mechanical timers
Although we all wish we lived in a perfect world. We are far from that. One of the things my husband and I always do when we go on vacation is that we set up mechanical timers. You might wonder what are those things and what do they do? Well, these beauties, once you program them, they will turn on and turn off lamps in your house! We have three and when we leave for more than couple of days we set them to light our bedroom, office, and living room! In essence, all the rooms that can be seen from the outside.
You want to do that, so people think you’re still there. Bad people will notice those things, trust me! And it’s better to go the extra mile and keep your house safe. Here is a link so you can get them. Amazon, has tons of options for this. Let me drop the link for the timer for you in case you’re interested.
8) Have a spare key with someone you truly trust
So you are far way from home and for some reason you need to get something inside the house. What are you going to do? A couple of weeks ago I was getting my passport, and there was a family that had to get their kid’s passports as well. For their surprised they forgot something and needed someone of their trust to go into their house and get what they needed.
This is so common. You will never know when you need access to your house when you are hundreds of miles away from it. I bet you don’t want to be in the position where the only way to get in is by paying a lot of money to have a professional to do it. So next time you leave, have a spare key with someone of your entire trust like your mom, sister, daughter, etc.
9) Keep it somewhat confidential
Again, with security, it’s okay to share you are leaving with your closest friends and family members, but in my humble opinion, we shouldn’t be saying it out of loud in our social media. When you say things like. I am leaving, for a month, this day, at this time. You are also saying, I’m leaving, my house will be alone, this day, at this time! It’s like a thieve dream. And there are hundreds of people that have paid this mistake very dearly!
Please watch what you share. it’s okay for you to mention little vague things about your vacation, but for you and your family’s safety, don’t be specific.
Do prepare for your return home just as you do when you leave? It’s so nice knowing that when is time to get back, your home will be ready and waiting for you.
Do you do other things beside this? Let me know on the comments below, I am looking forward to hearing from you!
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