r/LifeProTips Aug 02 '22 Silver 1 Helpful 5 Wholesome 1 Take My Energy 1

LPT: Change your bedsheets to clean ones before you leave for vacation. When you come back your room will smell a little cleaner and you’ll be extra comfortable when you finally sleep in your own bed. Traveling

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u/Ok-Cheetah-9125 Aug 02 '22

I always change sheets, clean bathrooms, take out the trash, and make sure there are no dishes when we go away. I love coming home to a clean house.

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u/noskillnoob Aug 03 '22

I mean taking out the trash and doing the dishes is absolutely necessary before going away

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u/Illustrious-Yard-871 Aug 03 '22

What? You don’t like gnats flying all over the house?

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u/LunacyNow Aug 02 '22

Also, laundry. Nice to have an empty laundry basket.

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u/hobosbindle Aug 03 '22 Wholesome

I also have my house painted and foundation rotated

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u/Merkin_Wrangler Aug 03 '22

Do you also flip yours? I heard it's best to flip & rotate, but it's so much work.

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u/Dr-Emmett_L_Brown Aug 03 '22

Just once a year though, so it's doable. (I'll be honest though, sometimes I just flip and don't rotate.)

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u/Pammypoo1968 Aug 03 '22

Lol

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u/The_Hand_That_Feeds Aug 03 '22

Seriously though gotta rotate your foundation at least once a year or you are f$%@!ucked

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u/Kildragoth Aug 03 '22

Friend of mine went years without rotating foundations. A sinkhole swallowed his whole house.

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u/LandsOnAnything Aug 03 '22

Shit I'm already past my foundation rotations. Jeez, thanks for the reminder.

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u/Jonnasgirl Aug 03 '22

When my kids were small and complaining about being bored one day in June, I convinced them that it was 'rock flipping season'...(any month that didn't have an "r" in it!) and had them in our farmhouse gravel driveway (that was mostly dirt with a few rocks) flipping rocks for about 45 minutes. I explained that the rocks had to be pried from the dirt and flipped so each side would get a chance to stay moist, or they would crumble to dust. The 7 yr old started to suspect something at that point, but by then I had enjoyed 45 minutes of quiet time while they diligently flipped rocks. That kid is now 31, and she employs similar tales to keep her boys occupied when they get bored, lol

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u/Retocyn Aug 03 '22

So you could say it became a tradition.

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u/zasumi Aug 03 '22

I flip my rocks once per season

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u/Tarukun564 Aug 03 '22

I have separate foundations for winter and summer. Do I need to keep track of the front/rear or is it ok to just eyeball it?

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u/Lambeaux Aug 03 '22

I rotate mine every 7500 miles - it seems a little more reasonable than just an arbitrary time once a year.

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u/phlenomLnom Aug 03 '22

Vertically or horizontally?

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u/Asphyxiatinglaughter Aug 03 '22

Front to back or side to side?

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u/acarmichaelhgtv Aug 03 '22

Back to front! Go outside and sweep dirt into your house!

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u/doomfox13 Aug 03 '22

Also having my records straightened and the air in my bathroom rotated. That headlight fluid is hard to come by!!

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u/PM_40 Aug 03 '22

LMAO 🤣.

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u/Shadowmant Aug 03 '22

This is starting to sound like a lot of work. Think I’ll skip vacation.

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u/biscuit_pirate Aug 03 '22

Same. I'll just sit here instead

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u/spaceship-pilot Aug 03 '22

That's what I'm doing. It is amazing/terrible.

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u/biscuit_pirate Aug 03 '22

Your username rhymes with mine

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u/spaceship-pilot Aug 03 '22

I think that is super fine!

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u/biscuit_pirate Aug 03 '22

One could even say, sublime

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u/Wupideedoo Aug 03 '22

The… normal daily/weekly chores… are too much? What’s the state of your place now?

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u/chgnty Aug 03 '22

whoosh

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u/cliktrak Aug 03 '22

Yeah but add all that packing, planning, tying things up at work, taking out any smelly trash, making hotel reservations, airfare, gassing up car or getting an Uber, passport renewal if going overseas, buying a small gift if staying with friends, why stress yourself out on the front end when you can vacuum your floors when you get back? Just get yourself outside of the house with luggage, keys, walllet, phone, and sanity.

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u/tookmyname Aug 03 '22 edited Aug 03 '22

These home chores are all things that should be done frequently anyways. Timing it so they’re also done before a trip is not hard, and makes a big difference when you get back. Most people are burnt when they come back from traveling, while excited and energetic before traveling.

Coming home after a long trip gives you fresh eyes on your life, and coming home to a house in good standing makes you look at life in a positive and productive way. It gives you the ability to hit the ground running with thinks you’d like to accomplish instead of things you have to accomplish.

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u/amberly177 Aug 03 '22 edited Aug 03 '22

The irony of you acting like timing isn’t that hard while simultaneously saying most people are burnt when they come home from vacation. It isn’t that hard to wear clothes to not be burnt and apply sunscreen regularly either.

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u/kja2991 Aug 03 '22

Yes, as if I don't live primarily out of 2 laundry baskets that are just in rotation.

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u/KoalaGrunt0311 Aug 03 '22

I wish we were still at 2. After having additional heads in the house, we are now up to four laundry containers in rotation while we struggle to teach the younger generation that folding laundry is a good thing and not a chore.

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u/toooutofplace Aug 03 '22

Cuz when u come back from vacation u'll have a few loads worth of laundry.

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u/JetScreamerBaby Aug 03 '22

And a few days of clean clothes ready to go.

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u/m1racle Aug 03 '22

Jokes on you, my basket is always empty. The pile in the corner, on the other hand..

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u/monkey_trumpets Aug 03 '22

I've been away from home due to a family emergency for almost two months. I am dreading seeing how much cat hair there is all over the furniture.

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u/thewriterupstairs Aug 03 '22

omg is ur cat ok

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u/monkey_trumpets Aug 03 '22

Of course. We have a sitter.

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u/eddymaxtucker Aug 03 '22

Pay her extra to vacuum!

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u/Born_Key_6492 Aug 03 '22

On the bright side, you will get to see your cat!

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u/uywilly Aug 02 '22

Best feeling ever...

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u/pourtide Aug 03 '22

Happy Cake Day

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u/333chordme Aug 02 '22

YES clean it all before you go, make coming home happy not sad.

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u/Alteredbeast1984 Aug 03 '22

Don't forget to clear the fridge.

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u/LurkingOakleaf Aug 03 '22

Ahhh, nothing like the budget pantry sweep.

“Nothing left in the fridge, AND this weeks money is getting added to the restaurant budget next week!”

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u/youvelookedbetter Aug 03 '22

I'll never understand people who leave dishes dirty while they're away.

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u/Correct_Salamander11 Aug 03 '22

I do this too, partly because I like coming back to a clean home... but also partly because the morbid part of me says that if an accident happens while I'm away on vacation I don't want anyone to have to clean out my house and it be a total wreck.

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u/eddymaxtucker Aug 03 '22

OMG! I thought I was the only one who thinks this.

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u/bakedbeans_jaffles Aug 03 '22

It's like the saying about always wearing clean undies 😂

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u/Correct_Salamander11 Aug 04 '22

Exactly this! Lol

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u/concentrated-amazing Aug 03 '22

I will get there, someday. At this stage of life, when I have to pack for 3 preschoolers, my husband, and myself, the preschoolers usually undo anything I've done and we typically leave the house looking like it's been burgled. Theft deterrent?

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u/ScandelousWench Aug 03 '22

I was skeptical about doing a full, deep clean thinking "it can't make that much of a difference".

After a 14 hour return trip... well hog tie me up an butter my biscuits cause assing out in a fresh bed without a mess in sight was chef's kiss.

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u/LJ-Rubicon Aug 03 '22

And have a few days to relax at the house before going back.

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u/kprigs Aug 03 '22

Same here. Nothing better then coming home from vacation to a clean house and fresh sheets

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u/CypripediumCalceolus Aug 02 '22

A bag of nachos and a couple of six packs in the fridge wouldn't hurt, either.

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u/theveryrealreal Aug 02 '22

Mmm cold nachos

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u/[deleted] Aug 03 '22

Wait... 🤔 should I try it?

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u/phlenomLnom Aug 03 '22

I love cold nachos. It's like eating nacho pizza. But nachos.

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u/Mitt_Romney_USA Aug 03 '22

It's the nacho

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u/rinzler83 Aug 03 '22

I've seen gas stations sell those sealed nacho trays where you throw it in a microwave there to heat the cheese in the package. You could always have one of those.

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u/LobbingLawBombs Aug 03 '22

The hell is a bag of nachos? Lol sick

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u/Smithstonian Aug 03 '22

You know, a nice sloppy bag of nachos.

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u/ogdencushing Aug 03 '22

Haha for real. He probably means like...nacho cheese Doritos

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u/haleywaley16 Aug 03 '22

Yeah I was thinking the same thing. Sounds disgusting. Like out of a vending machine or something.

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u/Dominant88 Aug 03 '22

I always make sure there’s at least a couple cold beers in the fridge for when I get home. Order a pizza, have a shower and your feeling pretty good.

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u/KenJyi30 Aug 02 '22

I clean the whole damn apt right before i pack. Helps me remember the small important things when everything else is cleaned up and organized

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u/maraxgold Aug 02 '22 Gold

I try to clean everything before I leave so that if I die on vacation no one will know what a slob I really was!

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u/DumE9876 Aug 02 '22

I do it so I don’t have to clean anything when I get back, except for tossing laundry in the wash and myself in the shower

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u/Originalsparestrange Aug 03 '22

When I'm on vacation longer than 3 days, I try to have all my clothes laundered so I just toss them back to my cabinet. I hate, hate, hate unpacking dirty clothes.

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u/businessbee89 Aug 03 '22

Do you put them in plastic bags?

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u/Originalsparestrange Aug 03 '22

I use packing cubes

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u/rotatingruhnama Aug 02 '22

I also hide anything embarrassing lol.

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u/theveryrealreal Aug 02 '22

Delete browser history part of ritual

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u/Mysterious-Fisher Aug 02 '22

But you’ll be dead so does it really matter

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u/Alzhan_Void Aug 02 '22

He is trying to make his second death a little worthier.

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u/Alternative_Cause_37 Aug 03 '22

This is my new perspective on leaving my house when I go on vacation. So freeing. thank you.

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u/aDDnTN Aug 03 '22

i cleaned up his stuff after my dad died and yes, clean out your shit and don't just leave it for your kids / wife / family to deal with. 😤😤

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u/Alternative_Cause_37 Aug 03 '22

That's like changing your underwear everyday so if you got an car accident no one would see your skid marks.

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u/TraditionalCourage Aug 02 '22

The LPTs are recently giving us too many tasks before a vacation.

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u/hotasanicecube Aug 02 '22

LPT: never wash your sheets before going on vacation. Your roommates will probably screw on them anyway as a kink!

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u/wistfulfern Aug 03 '22

Boy am I glad my flatting days are over

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u/hotasanicecube Aug 03 '22

It’s ok, it’s my girlfriend. But still I want clean sheets. Who knows who she had over.

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u/Environmental-Sock52 Aug 02 '22

Right?

Lately: "Here's a tip, sand the entire exterior of your house by hand twice prior to painting so that when you apply the first of 5 coats, you'll have a clean surface to work with."

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u/[deleted] Aug 03 '22

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u/ThainEshKelch Aug 03 '22

And a week off after. Vacations are awesome, but in many cases people don't get well rested, since they are off to see the world, and thus not just sitting down doing nothing.

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u/Caracasdogajo Aug 03 '22

They're actually getting more and more stupidly obvious and uninteresting.

LPT: Do your dishes so your house smells better

LPT: Wash your arm pits before going to work, people will think you smell better

This is about as good as they've been lately.

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u/ObfuscatedAnswers Aug 03 '22

LPT: Wash your armpits wherever you are planning on going, that one trick is not limited to work.

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u/[deleted] Aug 02 '22

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u/Maaachelle Aug 03 '22

For the first time, this summer I changed the sheets prior to vacation. Came home to cat barf not once but twice on the bed!

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u/Binsky89 Aug 03 '22

That and too much shit to keep in our cars

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u/Inlhia Aug 02 '22

I can never afford a vacation and this sub makes me feel poor. Like how many people can afford to not work, and also spend exorbitant amounts of money while not working?!

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u/WilliamHarry Aug 03 '22

Someone I know has already been on 3 vacations this year and she plans for 2 more! Idk how she funds this lifestyle as she is not wealthy. My guess is a lot of cc dept. also, who needs that many vacations? Just move. Lol

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u/Imaneight Aug 03 '22

Don't dishearten. You sound humble and intelligent, by your comment, and things will get better for you. It may take time, but you're going to have many vacations to go on. You can start with a trip to the beach for the day, or an over night camp somewhere. Regardless of your level of getaway, when you come back home to a nice fresh clean place, you'll still be in a better place than if you enjoyed your and returned to a mess.

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u/Astrobiologist42 Aug 03 '22

Most people. Real jobs include PTO, they are being paid while on vacation. And vacations don't have to be that expensive. There are cheap ways to go on vacation.

So for sure more than 50% of people can afford a vacation. There are working poor people who can't, but they are the minority.

Sounds like you need a better job. I'm sorry.

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u/loctopode Aug 03 '22

"Real jobs" comes across a bit weird. Maybe I'm just interpreting it wrong?

Some jobs don't give much in the way of reward or compensation for work. It doesn't necessarily mean working them is any less difficult, or less "real" than other jobs.

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u/Inlhia Aug 03 '22 edited Aug 03 '22

Agreed. I’ve seen minimum wage positions work way harder than people making 100k.

I have a friend making 75k and he says he does about 10 hours of real work a week. Otherwise it’s just killing time and looking busy when the boss walks by.

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u/Cola_and_Cigarettes Aug 03 '22

When your colleagues are highschoolers and you're pushing 30, might be worth looking for a "real job".

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u/loctopode Aug 03 '22

I'm afraid that's not really a counter to my comment. I said nothing about the ages of people, just that some jobs aren't particularly rewarding despite the effort put in.

It just seems like you want to have a dig at people not in "real" jobs. Not everyone has the same skillset, abilities or circumstances as everyone else. Unfortunately not everyone can be a rocket scientist or a brain surgeon, and they may have to take jobs that don't pay particularly well, ones that have fewer or no benefits like holiday pay. That really doesn't mean we need to degrade or insult them for it.

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u/gaytee Aug 03 '22

LPT: be poor and you don’t go on vacations!

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u/vyvanseandvodka Aug 02 '22

but future you will thank you

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u/theveryrealreal Aug 02 '22

I fuck with future me Every chance I get. That guy never has anything nice to say about me.

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u/maya_clara Aug 02 '22

With regards to changing bedding a tip I would add is always change it the day before you have a day off (e.g. Weekend or holiday). The bed always feels extra fresh and comfortable so that way you can have a nice lie in.

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u/dankbot2024 Aug 03 '22

Unless you have cats... then it's just coming home to a weeks worth of cat hair and, if you're real lucky, a pile of Luke! lol

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u/rotatingruhnama Aug 02 '22

Related: when you move into a new place, assemble/make up the beds first.

That way you can just tumble right in and fall asleep when you're done with the day's unpacking.

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u/brallamartin Aug 02 '22

I made this a high priority when I moved into my first apartment. Best life pro tip I've ever received.

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u/Damasticator Aug 03 '22

Bring everything up, assemble the bed, tell yourself “just five minutes,” and wake up at 1am wondering what happened.

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u/Shadow_hands Aug 02 '22

Real LPT is in the comments, etc etc

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u/ClumsyRainbow Aug 03 '22

Sorry but who isn’t doing this already? This seems to obvious.

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u/rotatingruhnama Aug 03 '22 edited Aug 03 '22

My husband lol. We have this conversation every time we move.

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u/Alternative_Cause_37 Aug 03 '22

One time when I moved in the middle of Winter, we were doing a ton of renovation and didn't have bed set up so we just camped on the floor in the new house. There was a McDonald's right around the corner so when I woke up on the freezing cold morning without my makeup without my hair done without anything I got in the car to drive around the corner and get coffee and eggmc muffins. Guess who I met? My brand new fabulous next door neighbor! Yay!

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u/rotatingruhnama Aug 03 '22

I only run into people when I look like a trash-covered slimy raccoon lol. If I'm done up in smart outfit with my hair cute and a bit of makeup, I won't see anyone.

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u/Original_Flounder_18 Aug 02 '22

Do it before you go in for surgery too. It’s awful nice to come home to clean sheets and made bed.

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u/chocotacosmash Aug 03 '22

I'm going to have surgery next week and I'm definitely having everything cleaned up before I go!

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u/Original_Flounder_18 Aug 03 '22

I went nuts cleaning and putting clutter away and made the bed. I am just now able to start even vacuuming again, much less cleaning the bathroom and making my bed. My surgery was over 2 weeks ago, and I am going nuts that I haven't been able to do anything!

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u/Skyblacker Aug 03 '22

Assuming whatever you're going to the hospital for hasn't also drained you of the energy required for extra housework.

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u/EvilCeleryStick Aug 02 '22

If you can afford it - vacation is also the absolute best time to hire a house cleaner for a thorough cleaning.

We have done this a few times - so we come home to a clean house with no pending chores, clean counters, etc. Made the whole return home thing a bunch less dreadful.

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u/Inlhia Aug 02 '22

Like they clean the house while you’re gone? It sounds nice but I couldn’t trust strangers in my home without me, especially with keys.

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u/ILuvYoMama Aug 03 '22

Me too. I imagine it’ll be like the butler gay orgy in Wolf of Wall Street

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u/jobie21 Aug 03 '22

Usually cleaners will want to do a walk through with you before the cleaning day, so they'll know exactly what you want done. But the trick is hire them to come clean your house once or twice before you even have a trip planned. You'll have more of a rapport and will know what to expect.

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u/busybee223 Aug 03 '22

I went with a licensed and I shred company that I had used before. I had them do it the day we came home too. We actually pulled in the driveway as they were locking up.

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u/-Ernie Aug 02 '22

Agreed, and this usually works out great for us because our regular dog/housesitter IS our housekeeper!

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u/Zech08 Aug 03 '22

Wish i could get field day levels of cleanliness from hiring cleaners (As in military field day cleaning).

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u/glassscissors Aug 03 '22

You probably can but you'd need to pay more

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u/swellbodice Aug 02 '22

Expensive LPT: if you have a cleaning person, pay them to clean your place while you’re away. Did that for the first time recently and it was super pleasant to come home to.

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u/robaldeenyo Aug 02 '22

idc what state my bed is in.. I will ALWAYS love getting back into it after vacation.

I never cancel my cleaning ladies regardless of how long my vacation is so works out anyway I guess.

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u/MRicho Aug 02 '22

We always strip the bed but leave it unmade to allow the mattress to get some sun and air out. But it is annoying if we get home late at night.

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u/frodosbitch Aug 02 '22

Clean house, clean sheets. Take a quick shower when you get home and collapse in a clean bed. Does not get better than that.

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u/Born_Key_6492 Aug 03 '22

I dump my dirty clothes bag out and into the washing machine then take a quick shower before I climb in bed. I think it is the best way to come home after a long trip.

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u/a7723vipa Aug 03 '22

I'm not a fan of this at all, especially if the vacation is long, because you'll come back to a dusty bed sheet. I always change after I get back so that I can sleep on a nice clean sheet.

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u/happykgo89 Aug 03 '22

I fully clean my house before I go on any type of extended trip. Hell, even before a weekend away I make sure everything is vacuumed and bathrooms cleaned/sheets changed/all that jazz.

It’s so nice to be able to get home from a vacation and just be able to relax immediately upon returning home instead of having to take care of chores that didn’t get done before you left.

Another LPT: always book off work the day after you get back from a vacation too. Takes a day to really settle back into routine.

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u/pacify-the-dead Aug 02 '22

You must not have pets. Lol

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u/Herself99900 Aug 03 '22

Recently returned from my in-laws' camp in the middle of nowhere, Maine. Slept on a 50-year-old mattress for a week. When we got back home, I've never appreciated my bed more.

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u/IAM_THE_LIZARD_QUEEN Aug 02 '22

I just did this, day I left I made sure my room was nice and clean, fresh sheets on the bed and everything. Would definitely recommend.

On the flip side I slept for 16 hours today instead of getting up at a reasonable time to try to knock back the jet lag, so ups and downs to it.

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u/ericje Aug 02 '22

When is it my turn to post this? Is there a schedule somewhere that I can add myself to?

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u/[deleted] Aug 02 '22

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u/bunbunruns Aug 02 '22

I do this but because of my cats who want to lay on my pillows when we are away.

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u/CraisyDaisy Aug 03 '22

And vomit.

Cat vomit ruins everything.

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u/Environmental-Sock52 Aug 02 '22

We just installed quintuple-paned windows and the improvement is dramatic!

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u/Astrobiologist42 Aug 03 '22

What? I didn't know smoke could even go through one pane. Never heard of more than 2 panes.

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u/ClumsyRainbow Aug 03 '22

I doubt it’s the extra glass but rather that the new windows seal better. It’s totally worth replacing the weather stripping on your windows.

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u/Sofa_Queen Aug 02 '22

I also make sure all the laundry is done and put away before I leave: coming home to no chores necessary (other than vacation clothes) is heavenly.

Depending on how long I'll be gone, I make sure there's a fresh loaf of bread and a new container of milk in the fridge. If I'm gone awhile, I have a friend bring it, and I do it for her. Nice to have a piece of toast with my tea in the morning!

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u/derek139 Aug 02 '22

These type of LPTs always make me laugh. It’s just “clean more often and be more of an adult”…. HA!

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u/I_am_not_JohnLeClair Aug 03 '22

LPT: Don’t be a worthless layabout. Grow up and do something with your life

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u/QuarterFlounder Aug 03 '22

You mistake me for a much more responsible person, OP.

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u/lifepuzzler Aug 03 '22

That's one of the Life Professional Tips of all time

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u/erecthammock Aug 03 '22

what's a vacation?

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u/watermelon7070 Aug 02 '22

Also, before you leave the house, do a bit of cleaning and organizing. While doing so you might realize you forgot to pack some stuff.

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u/Splinterfight Aug 03 '22

On the flip side snuggling down into something that doesn’t smell like a hotel is pretty great too

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u/Drales29 Aug 03 '22

Agree! It’s nice for it to smell like home.

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u/wouterv101 Aug 02 '22

No, there will be dust. Just change it when you get back, let it air (without bedsheets etc) when you are away

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u/fionsichord Aug 02 '22

You can always throw an extra sheet over the top as dust protection. I’m too wrung out when I get back to have to add ‘make the bed’ to my list of tasks.

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u/TennisShoulder Aug 03 '22

The dust isn’t very bothersome. You can dump it anyways. It’s the dirt, sweat, and oils that get worse over time

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u/Amsnowyy Aug 02 '22

Clean the entire home actually. When you home home it's so nice to just sit down and be tired in a clean place

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u/Quelcris_Falconer13 Aug 03 '22

Better yet: deep cleaning you house. It gives you an extra night of feeling like your staying a hotel. It also eases you back into life fucking you over

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u/duhidunno Aug 03 '22

I also like to do this on fridays

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u/SamLJacksonNarrator Aug 03 '22

I do this all the time before coming back from a trip. It def helps you sleep better

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u/chattywww Aug 03 '22

The last 3 times I went to vacation I moved house just before I left.

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u/edcu12 Aug 03 '22

I just booked a vacation and this pops up huh

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u/plan_with_stan Aug 03 '22

But take a shower first! Then it will be bliss!

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u/misschzburger Aug 03 '22

I do this every time i travel for work and leave the house clean.

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u/hank28 Aug 03 '22

I tried this out a few weeks ago. I got stuck in 2 hour traffic on the drive back, so thankfully I didn’t have to do laundry after all of that

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u/tymopa Aug 03 '22

True that! I do it every time. It’s a game changer.

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u/abslyde Aug 03 '22

Or you know.. change them every week like you should.

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u/KaiKamakasi Aug 02 '22

your room will smell a little cleaner

I did this after my last trip, 3 months away... The hole in my ceiling made extra special care to remind me that the only thing I'm allowed to smell is damp, damp and more damp....

It was comfy though at least

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u/w0ke_brrr_4444 Aug 02 '22

clean your place tip to toe before you leave, in general. it floors me that people don’t clear their garbage or scrub the bathroom before they leave for vacation. that shitll just sit there for week, what do you think it’s gonna smell like when you’re back?

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u/veressis Aug 02 '22

Bed that collects dust for 2 weeks does not seem fresh and clean to me

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u/Sensitive_Jake Aug 02 '22

Or my cats will pee on them while I’m gone because they like claiming them before I do.

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u/Saholio Aug 03 '22

I clean my whole entire house before I leave.

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u/sh_tcactus Aug 03 '22

I always deep clean the whole house before leaving for vacation. Nothing worse than being exhausted and jet lagged and having to come home to a dirty home and no clean clothes.

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u/Sarah-cen Aug 03 '22

My dust fearing ass has to have a plastic cover over those sheets or I'll be paranoid and change them again when I'm back.

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u/No_Tank9025 Aug 03 '22

My wife knows that all she has to do to get me to do EVERY BIT of the laundry in the house, make the BR and kitchen spotless, and vacuum….

All she has to do is book a three-night trip.

Three nights in San Diego?
I’m ready to go at five AM, that morning, with all of it done.

Rock and roll, baby.

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u/Wonskai Aug 03 '22

Lpt: dont be gross

Nice post man

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u/PussyStapler Aug 02 '22

Alternatively, the cleanest your unchanged bed would be is after a week of being gone. Your funk would have time to air out, and the dust mites and bedbugs eat all your dead skin cells in the sheets.

Seems like a missed opportunity. Why clean your mattress when the insects will do it for you? My new business will sell a canister of sterile dust mites you can pour on your mattress just before you leave for vacation. Then, once they've eaten up all your dead skin flakes, they die of starvation. Way less work than washing the sheets.

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u/MSTARDIS18 Aug 03 '22

Somewhat related: change your pillowcase daily to reduce acne!

Oils and the natural microbes of your body build up on used pillowcases, which can lead to acne when you lay on them all night. I've been doing this for years since my microbiology professor mentioned it, and it's helped my acne :)

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u/__Kazuko__ Aug 02 '22

Unless you have free roaming indoor pets.

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u/OneTraditional5575 Aug 02 '22

I do this 1, it's a good tip

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u/NinjaBullets Aug 02 '22

If you have time, take your dirty clothes to a laundromat, when you unpack you just put away clean clothes. East peazy

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u/YoureSoOutdoorsy Aug 03 '22

Go even further. Clean the whole house. There will be nothing to do when you return other thank relax and unpack.

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u/ResponsibleCoyote835 Aug 03 '22

Don't even go on vacation. Just clean instead. /s

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u/_blueberrypie39 Aug 03 '22

I’ve done this for years. I call it past me doing future me a favor and I’m always looking out for future me in little ways when I can.

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u/Aegean_828 Aug 03 '22

Same goes with the house, never go for a WE or vacation with a dirty house, because it's such a pleasure to came back home and there is no dirty plate in the sink or else

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u/closetotheborderline Aug 03 '22

"Tell me you don't have cats without telling me you don't have cats."

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u/Earls_Basement_Lolis Aug 03 '22

I don't think your vacation is exciting enough if you're focused on how great you're gonna feel when you come back home.

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u/Shantotto5 Aug 03 '22

This has to be one of the most repeated posts on the sub.

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u/240volt Aug 03 '22

Also your room won’t smell like awful leftover ass. Can confirm. I was that guy

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u/BiggieBitcoin Aug 03 '22

But, it's tough to wash my bedding when I'm getting ready for a vacation.

Edit, I only have 1 sheet.

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u/edafade Aug 03 '22

The wife and I sort of do this. We clean the house before going on holiday, because coming home to a house needing work sucks ass. Feels good to come in, unpack (or not sometimes) and immediately begin recharging.

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u/QuesoDelDiablo Aug 03 '22

This might be the most useful LPT I've come across in this sub yet, thanks!

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u/acarmichaelhgtv Aug 03 '22

Make sure you stress about everything before you head out to de-stress