Everyone loves to go on vacation and have a great time. But, before you know it, vacation is over and it is back home to reality. Unpacking from vacation can be a very stressful task if you don’t have a good system. I have a great method that makes unpacking from vacation easy and smooth.
One of the hardest things for me to do when I get home vacation is to start the unpacking. But once I get started, I generally can keep going until it is finished. Well, almost always.
Did you know that unpacking from vacation actually starts before you even walk out the door on your way to vacation? Yup, you read that correctly. I have found that if you do a few things before you start, then unpacking from vacation can go smoothly.
Before you leave on vacation:
- Make sure all your laundry is washed, dried, folded and put away. Having empty baskets to come home to makes it a lot easier to unpack. Leave the empty hampers right next to your washing machine.
- Wash and dry your sheets. There is nothing more comforting than coming home to a clean and fresh-smelling bed.
- Clean your bathrooms. I am not talking a complete deep cleaning. Windex the mirror. Scrub the toilet and tub. Quick wipe the floors, and shake and hang out the rugs. This should not take longer than 15 minutes per bathroom. Take a moment to check, and fill if necessary, hand soap or bathroom cleaners.
- Check and stock paper goods. Check for(and replace) toilet paper. Restock tissues. Make sure you have paper cups.
- Make sure your kitchen is cleaned up. Starting 3 days before vacation, I institute a disposable dishes rule. That way, there are only a few dishes that may need to be washed before you leave.
- Clean out your fridge. It will make after-vacation shopping so much easier and you will avoid spoiled food in the fridge.
During Your Vacation:
- Have a place for used clothing for each person in your family. Toss dirty clothes in each bag. Or, do what I do: take one collapsible laundry hamper for each person. They fold up easily for travel, and keep everyone’s clothing contained and sorted. We stay in a house, so this works really well.
- Designate one suitcase for clean clothes, one for dirty, and a third(if you have one) for souvenirs, empty bags, etc. When it’s time to repack, you can very easily have everything sorted and organized.
- When you are ready to leave, toss the dirty clothing in the suitcase you set aside for dirty clothes, so it is all together. If you want to be ultra-organized, place each person clothes in a green garbage bag, smoosh out the air, and stick them in the suitcase.
When You Get Home:
- Immediately take the suitcase of dirty laundry downstairs. Remember the empty hampers before you left for vacation? Use them to quickly sort the laundry and then toss in the first load.
- Take the suitcase of clean clothes upstairs and put them all away. Don’t set the suitcase down and come back, do it right then.
- Let your suitcases air out, spray lightly with Febreeze, and toss in a dryer sheet to keep the scent fresh(and chase any potential bugs away). Immediately store them where they belong.
See? When you have a simple plan, unpacking from vacation doesn’t have to be a dreaded task. In just a few easy steps, you can be done with your unpacking from vacation just time in time to go back to your normal routine.