Did you know that unpacking from vacation starts before you even leave your house? Sounds kind of crazy, but believe me when I say that it really does work. By doing a few things before going, you will have a less stressful time when you come home.
I love traveling with my family on vacation. Packing for vacation can be a bit of a nuisance but your trip is your ultimate reward for packing. However, the unpacking from vacation part afterwards is not on my list of fun things. Before I start packing for vacation, I makes a list of the things I need to do in order to complete my 3-step unpacking from vacation routine.
Unpacking From Vacation In 3 Easy Steps:
Some people can’t believe that you can do your unpacking from vacation in these steps. Each step has a few parts to it, and each one of those shouldn’t take a long time(with the exception of the laundry, as we all know that takes some extended time), and many can be done simultaneously.
STEP #1: 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. Split it up over a couple of days so it isn’t so overwhelming. I even make a note in my calendar for it!
- Wash and dry your sheets. There is nothing more comforting than coming home to a clean and fresh-smelling bed. If you have been staying at a number of places, being in your own bed can be a vacation after your vacation. While being away from home is fun, having your own pillows and sheets makes it all worthwhile.
- 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. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to run out to the store as soon as I get home. And you can make sure you are using your vacation budget wisely by having these things purchased before you leave for your trip.
- 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. If you have a dishwasher take a moment to add a cup of white vinegar, run a cycle, then leave it open to dry. You will come home to a fresh smelling appliance.
- Clean out your fridge. It will make after-vacation shopping so much easier and you will avoid spoiled food in the fridge.
STEP #2: 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. You will find this especially helpful if your hotel room is not very large. I generally store them in the closet area, but you can decide what works best for your family.
- 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. Plus, having all the dirty laundry together in one suitcase minimizes the stinky smells.
- 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. I used to do that for the boys, but now, I just toss it all in together(generally split between 2 loads)and wash away.
STEP #3: 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. I have to admit, I am not always good with this step, but it really does make a HUGE difference. Somehow neatly sorted laundry hampers are less intimidating that a full suitcase of dirty clothing.
- 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. You may think “but I am tired from traveling.” But you still have the happy feelings from your vacation, so why not put them to good use. Later on, when everything is done, you can relax on the sofa and look through all your vacation photos.
- 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. I love that most of our suitcases will store inside one another for easy storage.
See, unpacking from vacation can really be quick & mostly enjoyable. And if you involve the entire family, the process will go even quicker! Doesn’t that sound nice? Although, it may make me wish I was back at my favorite vacation hotel. Or perhaps enjoying some amazing tasty travel eats. Okay, sharing all these great tips makes me want to head over to the computer and plan another trip to my favorite exotic location! Somehow I am not sure my husband would like that since we already have 2 trips planned this year. A girl can dream, right?
OTHER POSTS YOU WILL LIKE:
- 7 Important Things You Need In A Swimming Bag
- How To Track Expenses On Your Family Vacation
- The National Mustard Museum
- Preparing Your Car For Your Next Road Trip
what tips do you have to make unpacking from vacation easy?