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How to Prepare and Organize Your Home for Vacation

Ensure your home is prepared for your next vacation! Leaving behind a clutter home might sound like a good idea (“get away from it all”), but don’t be fooled. Returning to a cluttered home after a vacation can be very stressful – undoing all the positive relaxation that your getaway was intended for.

Whether you’re going out of town for a few weeks or a few days, there are certain steps you can take to ensure a welcomed return. The tips below are a ‘vacation checklist’ for home preparation. Following each one will help you make a smooth transition back into your daily routine upon your return home.

Checklist to Prepare and Organize Your Home for Vacation

  1. 1. Ask a neighbor to stop by: Recruit a friend to take a quick walk through your home if you’ll be gone for an extend period of time. This way, if any major leaks or other issues have arisen, you can find out about them sooner than later and call the appropriate repair technicians.
  2. 2. Leave a light on: Having a light in the front of your home that can turn on or off throughout the day shows activity within your home. Shop your local hardware store for these cost-effective light timers.
  3. 3. Hold your mail: Stop by the post office and ask them to hold your mail while you’re away.
  4. 4. Unplug unnecessary appliances: There is no need to leave your toaster, flat iron or alarm clock plugged in while you’re away. Minimize any potential issues and keep the electrical bill as low as possible by unplugging these items.
  5. 5. Turn off the A/C and turn down the Furnace: If you’re leaving in the summertime, turn off your air conditioner to avoid unnecessary energy costs. Also turn down your furnace in the winter while making sure to keep it warm enough to prevent water pipes from freezing.
  6. 6. Clean out the refrigerator: Throw away all perishable food that will expire while you’re on vacation. This will avoid any foul odors emanating from your kitchen while you’re away.
  7. 7. Clean before you leave: Prepare for your return, it’s important to clean your home before you leave on vacation to help keep it organized. Wipe down the counters, sweep the floors and put everything away to avoid clutter before you leave for your trip.
  8. 8. Make a plan for your plants: Ask a friend, relative or neighbor about stopping by to water your plants around your house while you’re gone. People stopping by your home will help increase security while keeping your plants growing strong.

If you need to store large items while you’re away, save time and space with Stor-Mor – visit either our California or Colorado locations today!

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