We’ve all been there: returning from a trip, you’re surrounded by bags and piles. And sometimes they stay for days as you pick your way around them, trying to get back into your normal routine.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Unpacking can be very easy and be done quickly. All it takes is a little planning.
Plan As You Pack
As you are packing to leave for home, give a little thought to how you are doing it. Put your dirty clothes together (in a laundry bag, if possible). Put your shoes together. Put souvenirs together.
When you group things as you are packing, you will be able to easily deal with things in groups when you get home.
Getting Home: Unpack from the Door
When you get home, start unpacking the minute you get in the door. I mean this literally.
In my house, the laundry is in the kitchen, right off the garage. When we got home from our last vacation, the suitcase with the dirty laundry in it was opened in the laundry area and emptied right there. I start a load before moving on.
Dealing with the dirty laundry allows most of your luggage to be unpacked right away.
Unpack as You Move
As you make your way through the house with the luggage, put things away. Put the shoes away in the closet as you pass by. Hang up jackets, rather than dumping them or taking them to another room.
This gives you a chance to get things put away in one sweep rather than having to backtrack.
Refill As Necessary
One thing I like to do when I get home is to refill my toiletries. That way I never have to remember to do it before I go on a trip.
This is usually the last thing to be unpacked, and refilling them allows me to deal with them while they are still off.
By following these simple strategies, I am quickly unpacked – no matter how long my trip has been.
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