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5 Reasons to Clean Your Place Before You Go on Vacation

Updated on April 26, 2018
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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

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 (that "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 you.

1. No Rotting Food Garbage or Fermenting Dirty Diapers

Rotting food. Stinky diapers. These are not things you want to have or to smell when you return from a lovely vacation.

Make the time to properly dispose them before you leave. Just do it. There is an added risk with aging food left in your trash or recycling containers: insects and vermin. Personally, I 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 sorts of critters.

2. It Needs To Be Done Anyway

If you are an Obsessive-Compulsive 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 your place before the vacation makes sense.

3. 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, wallowing in 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.

4. There Is Room to Unpack

Upon return from vacation, you will need to unpack, sort out what goes where, and do laundry. By having a cleaned space, you will have room to work. Thus, these tasks should go more smoothly and quickly. It’s a win-win.

5. The "Grandmother Argument"

The grandmother (or mother) goes like this:

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?

Just Do It

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. Nanna will feel better.

© 2013 Maren Elizabeth Morgan

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