Listen to Grandma

Whether for a weekend getaway or a longer vacation, you need to prepare so you can relax when you get to your destination. Reservations for accommodations and events need to be booked and then organized for easy access. Flights reserved or car maintenance checked for smooth travel. Bags packed. Everything checked and double checked on your list.


But don’t forget to listen to Grandma when preparing to go away. In addition to the getting ready to leave and packing routine, she always added a preparing to come home routine as well.

I can remember sitting in a motorhome in our driveway while she finished the final touches on her return home preparations, and while we were frequently impatient with the delay in starting our fun, it sure felt good to come home to a house in perfect condition.

So what was on her prepare the house for vacation plan?

  • Clean out the refrigerator and empty all garbage. (Especially important for longer trips.)
  • All laundry washed, folded and put away.
  • Pick up all rooms and clean the kitchen and bathrooms thoroughly.
  • Fresh sheets on the beds. (It feels so good to return home to clean sheets!)

In addition, my Dad took care of all yard and pool responsibilities so that the outside of the house was also in tip top shape before our departure.

No, this isn’t the fun part of traveling. Planning and packing for the trip is exciting, cleaning the house…not so much; but I swear this is one of the best things my Mom taught me.

Walking into your clean house after traveling and flopping into your own bed with fresh sheets makes your homecoming almost as enjoyable as your trip. So listen to Grandma, clean your house before going on vacation.