Preparing to Come Home Before You Leave

Part of going on a trip is the planning.  And part of going on a trip is the coming home!

Today I am insisting that you must plan what that first evening and day back is going to look like. Can you come home a day early to unwind before you start work again?  Do all your activities need to start the next day or is there a better way to plan it?  How old are your children?  Can they help with the transition home or does everything rest on your shoulders from the unpacking to the mellow activities to do?

Here are some tips about being ready to come home.

  1. Plan your first couple of meals home.  Have frozen pizzas ready to pop in the oven when you return.  You have already spent a fortune on your vacation that you should be able to stop when you get home.  Before you make it home, stop and pick up a container of milk so that you can have some cereal in the morning.  Even if you aren’t cereal people, it’s okay to have it the day after vacation.  Or stop and pick up some eggs.  So that when you are get home, you are home and you don’t have to go anywhere. 
  2. Leave an outfit ready for each member of the fam on your first day home.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, but a pair of clean underwear and socks can go a long way to helping you face the mountain of laundry before you. 
  3. Put clean sheets on your bed before you leave, so that you can sleep in a clean bed on your first night back.
  4. Bring you luggage straight down to the laundry room when you return, so make sure there is room for it to be stored until you can face the mammoth amount of laundry. 
  5. Clean your house before you leave.  I know this seems like the worst and most exhausting idea ever.  But really, do you want to come home to a messy house?  It doesn’t have to be a thorough huge cleaning.  But make sure there are fresh towels out and the bathroom is wiped down and the floors clear of clutter. 
This five tips will make coming home a little more relaxing.  If there is a clean place for the kids to go play, they will gravitate there while you unload!  Or at the very least, you can send them there without feeling guilty. 
Planning a trip should involve planning the re-entry back into normal life!

About giannarae

I am a child of God who has been given the humbling job of being a wife and a mother to 4. Those whom He has given to me are my Sweet Peas and Buddies and one Honey.
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