The sucky thing about vacations is that the relaxing benefits you may have enjoyed from being away from home are often short-lived, because once you walk back in the door you’ve got an overload of domestic tasks to take care of: fifteen loads of must-do-immediately laundry, grocery shopping to fill your empty fridge, and a flurry of cleaning to deal with the mysterious and awful odor emanating from your empty (. . . or is it?) fridge.
Having just returned from a four night parents-only getaway (in lovely Tofino, BC, which I really can’t recommend enough), the only thing I really wanted to do yesterday was spend time with my son, but once he went to bed I couldn’t ignore the post-vacation detritus any longer. I had suitcases and dirty clothes to deal with; a house that had thankfully stayed in good shape thanks to the presence of Riley’s grandparents, but still needed some picking up before the work week started; and a week’s worth of groceries to buy. Not to mention eighty jillion digital photos to sift through and organize.
With this topic fresh on my mind, here are a few tips that may or not be useful for you the next time you leave town: