Going on a trip or even a weekend away can give lots of stress on what to pack and take with you. A packing list is a good way to start so you don’t forget your passport, sunglasses or sun cream. You can make your own list on the computer and save it according to season, or short/long trip. Besides ticking of your packing list there are several other jobs to do before you go away. Here is my top 7 of things that need doing so you leave your home in a relaxed state.

1: Empty all the bins in the house. You don’t want to have nasty smells in the home when you come back from a trip.

2: Don’t leave any food or drinks in your fridge that can go off and expire while you are away.  Don’t over-buy groceries the week before your travels and finish those left-overs. Throw anything that’s left in the bin.

3: Turn off any electrical equipment and turn down the heating. There no point in wasting energy when you’re not there and you’ll be saving money as well.

4: Double check that you have locked all windows and doors and leave a light on a timer, so it looks like someone is home while you are away.

5: Have you made arrangements for someone to water your plants, take away your post at the front door and take care of any pets? This is especially important if you go away longer than a couple of days.

6: Tidy up before you leave. Run a hoover through the house, turn on the dishwasher so you don’t have dirty dishes in your kitchen sink and leave an empty laundry basket. It wonderful to go away knowing your house is tidy and clean.

7: Put away any valuables and if you have a safe put your expensive jewellery in. Make sure your curtains are closed and don’t leave things like a ladder outside the shed or garage to make it easy for burglars to get in the house.

Have a lovely time during your weekend or holiday away and come back to a clean, tidy and organised home. Happy travelling!

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