5 Reasons to Clean Your Place BEFORE You Leave on Vacation
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Ok, procrastinators and people who need many hours of sleep, do not bother reading this. You won’t have the time to do it.
Getting Ready for a Vacation Away from Home
Allright – planning and packing for a stay somewhere else can be stressful. One needs to balance anticipated needs with space available in the travel vehicle. Hopefully, the excitement of going somewhere nice or visiting fun people will turn this into eustress (good for you stimulation), rather than anxiety-filled extra work. So, why in the name of all that is sane, would anyone suggest adding housecleaning to the list of pre-vacation duties?
There are five good reasons to do cleaning. Some or all may apply to your situation.
No rotting food garbage or fermenting dirty diapers
These are not things you want to have or to smell when you return from a lovely vacation. Make the time to get them properly disposed before you leave. Just do it. There is an added risk with aging food left in your trash or recycling containers inside the house: insects and vermin. I personally do not want to see how orderly the ants are marching to my kitchen trash can. Nor do I want to see evidence of even bigger pests inside my domicile. So, I do not leave anything that would be the least bit attractive to those sort of critters.
It needs to be done anyway
If you are an Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder cleaner, then of course you will agree with this subtitle and do not really need any reason at all to do more cleaning. If you are NOT a compulsive cleaner, then I will bet that some cleaning needs to occur. It needs to be done sometime. Read the other sections to learn why cleaning the place before the vacation makes sense.
Returning to a clean home is the scrumptious icing on the vacation cake
Imagine the lovely vacation – no doing dishes (I hope this is true for you), no regular chores, just finding fun things to do, sleeping in, eating out, exciting or peaceful environs… Now imagine coming home to a neat and clean pad. Wouldn’t that be a very nice ending to a delightful vacation? There will be no dread of returning to a pigpen. No dread is a good thing.
Returning to a clean home provides room for unpacking
You will need to unpack, sort out what goes where, do laundry. By having a cleaned space, you will have room to work. Thus, these chores should go more smoothly and quickly. It’s a win-win.
The grandmother argument
The grandmother argument goes: If you die on vacation or on the way back from vacation, do you want to shame the family by having someone see your household in a messy shamble? Do you want the people making your funeral arrangements and settling your estate to also need to clean your house? This follows along closely with the rationale for why it is so important to wear clean underwear in good condition at ALL TIMES. What if you get in an accident? Do you want to shame the family by having the hospital emergency room workers see your ratty, holey, dirty underwear?
Although some of the reasons are presented in a light-hearted fashion, I sincerely believe that cleaning before a vacation makes sense. If it is at all possible – even a partial cleaning – consider doing it.
Photo and text copyright 2013 Maren E. Morgan.