We travel a lot and coming home from being out of town is a bummer, especially with kids in tow. Vacation gets everyone’s schedule off, everyone is exhausted, the car has to be unloaded, there’s no groceries in the house, you have tons to unpack and loads upon loads of laundry to do. I dread it!! So I’ve compiled my favorite tips for after vacation, to make coming home just a little easier! I’ve found that it’s not really about how you come home, but how you leave your home that makes all the difference.
- LEAVE A CLEAN HOUSE
I know this is a hard one. With all the packing, last minute errands and to do lists to clear before you leave, the last thing you have time to do is clean. BUT, this is seriously a deal breaker for me. It makes all the difference for my sanity to be in a house that is in the very least picked up (please never test this clean theory out on my floors).
So when I’m still up at 2am the night before we leave and I don’t feel like picking up the rest of the house, I try to remind myself how overwhelmed I will feel coming home to clutter. I think of how much more work it will be to unload all the stuff from our trip on top of a mess and I power through. There’s nothing better than coming home to a clean house, am I right?
- LEAVE AN EMPTY LAUNDRY ROOM
This is not as hard for me because I usually have to do all the laundry in order to pack our clothes. But there have been times I have left dirty linens in the hamper (HUGE mistake, no one wants to make beds when they get home) or towels or whatever and that’s just no fun to haul all of the dirty clothes to a wash room that already has work waiting for you.
- LEAVE YOUR STAPLES
Leave your pantry and refrigerator stocked with your family staples. For us, it’s coffee and creamer for me, milk (I buy the organic half gallons that have much later expiration dates) and some kind of easy breakfast for the kids. And to be honest, something I can piece together for lunch the next day too, I do not want to be rushed to the store. I am after all washing 12 kabillion loads of laundry. We’re always tired for the next few days so I love having our essentials on hand so I can take my time getting out of the house.
- LEAVE AN EASY DINNER
Everyone is hungry, but no one feels like cooking the night we get home. I always use to think we would just order pizza or take out to make it easier. However, I’ve found that after a bunch of eating out while we’re gone makes everyone just want something light and homemade. We usually have 6-7 dinners at home during the week so eating every meal out, especially foods we don’t normally eat makes us all feel sluggish, you know that vacation hangover. Sometimes I just throw a loaf of bread in the freezer before we leave and keep cheese and tomato soup on hand to make quick grilled cheese sandwiches and soup. Other times I’ll leave a casserole or freezer meal we can just throw in the oven. This is not a must for us and sometimes we just order out but I find leaving a light dinner gets us back into the groove of things and we all feel much better in the morning.
I don’t always have the time or energy to leave our home “after vacation” ready but I find it makes a world of difference. We are in a stage of life where we usually need a vacation from our vacation. The only way I get to relax with my family when we get home and not feel so behind is by doing a little extra work before we leave and it’s worth it every time. How do you make the vacation to home transition easier?