You spent weeks planning for this… You found a great deal on an Airbnb. The car is fueled up and ready to go. The whole family has been counting down the seconds. And now, it’s here.
Time to go on your big summer trip!
Whether you’re road-tripping for a weekend, flying halfway across the world, or anything in between, there’s nothing like a vacation to help you relax and hit “reset” on your daily life.
And did you know? In a lot of ways, the days right before you leave for a trip are the perfect time to get in a little bit of extra cleaning!
Here’s why you should think about cleaning while you’re packing for your next vacation. (Trust us – you’ll thank yourself later!)
Take Advantage of Your Packing Power
Before a trip, lots of people start getting ready by packing up their must-have vacation items. And at the same time, they’re clearing up spaces in a lot of places that we all tend to overlook every day.
This makes packing for a trip the perfect time to get in a little bit of extra cleaning!
Think about it! What are some of the things that you take on a vacation? Summer clothes, lotions, shoes, water sports stuff (snorkel, scuba, pool toys), beach chairs, toys, and games…. After you’ve unearthed all of your summer must-haves, you can swoop right in and clean out the spaces where they used to reside!
Cabinets, storage bins, closet doors and floors, the bottoms of your drawers, bathroom shelves… Your focus is suddenly going to be on all of these out-of-the-way spots. Why not wipe them down while they’re fresh on your mind – and while all of the usual clutter is safely tucked away in your suitcase or the trunk of your car?
Make Sure Your Home Is Ready for Your Return
Vacations are the perfect time to relax, unwind, and recharge. In fact, over the years, scientists have actually proven that even a short trip can help you feel less stress, have more energy, and think more positively and productively!
All that, from one little vacation? It’s true! But of course, you’re going to want to take steps ahead of time to make sure that you can keep the vacation vibes going, even after you return home. And nothing makes a return feel harder than coming home to a dirty, messy house.
Want to avoid that post-vacation crash? It helps to come home to a house that looks and smells clean! Be sure that you (or a family member) takes on a few of these clean home jobs the day before you leave for your trip:
1.) Take Out the Garbage
A full trash can is the cause of a lot of nasty, lingering smells. After a lovely trip, the last thing you want to come home to is a foul odor (not to mention the unwelcome sight of a full garbage bin). Make things easier on yourself ahead of time, by taking out the trash and recycling before you go.
Bonus tip: To help stop your next round of garbage from stinking, place a few dryer sheets at the bottom of your trash can to help neutralize any odors.
2.) Wash and Put Away Dishes
Next to a full garbage can, a sink or drying rack loaded with dishes is one of the quickest ways to shut down your vacation vibes. Beat this buzzkill – and make your first post-vacation dinner night easier – by doing the dishes before you leave. Give yourself enough time so that you can make sure they’re dry, and be sure to put them away. (After all, you don’t want to have to walk in the door and immediately start emptying the dishwasher, do you?)
Need some extra motivation to do the dishes? How about this? With a little bit of moisturizer and rubber gloves, you can actually help turn washing dishes by hand into an easy skincare regimen! Check out our “how-to” guide on helping your hands while doing the dishes, available here.
3.) Clean the Floors
Remember all of those towels, swimsuits, and pool toys we were talking about earlier? There’s a good chance that they’re going to unload a little bit of sand or dust as you prep them for packing. Get rid of all of this dust and debris – and make walking back into your home feel like a dream – by cleaning your floors before you leave! You’d be astonished by just how different a home can feel after it’s been vacuumed and mopped.
With just a little bit of work ahead of time, coming home might even feel like checking into a four-star hotel!
Take Care of Yourself
Basically, you want to make sure that you feel like you’re on vacation, even when you return from one! These little jobs can really add up, and help make your home feel cleaner, fresher, and more welcoming as you settle back in after time away.
And remember, whether you’re traveling for work or business, Sweeping Dimensions Cleaning Service has you covered while you’re away!
We’re happy to provide our exceptional services for people on the go, whether you need a deep clean, service for your short-term rental, or just routine housekeeping while you’re away.
We’re always flexible, and we can make sure that our work fits into your schedule – before, during, or after a trip. Our professionally trained and uniformed teams will bring all of the supplies necessary to clean your home, with an emphasis on green, environmentally-friendly cleaning products.
Above all, we always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful, and give you back time for the most important things in your life.
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Ready to see what SDCS can do for you? Get in touch today for your free estimate – and then get busy planning for your next trip!