Published On:
June 8, 2022

The Holiday Checklist: 7 Things You Should Do Around the House Before Going on Holiday

Don't forget about your house on vacation!

Going on holiday is always a much-needed respite from the everyday bustle of life, especially since borders are now opening up. However, to truly relax and enjoy your time away, there are probably a few things you need to take care of around the house before your trip, to save yourself some hassle.

 

This holiday checklist will help you make sure your home is in good shape before you leave. From cleaning the kitchen to turning off electronics, we’ve got you covered.

 

Clean out the fridge and pantry

A full fridge and pantry is the last thing you want when you're on holiday. Things may go stale or even rot as you're away. 

 

Before you go, take some time to clean out your fridge and pantry. Get rid of any expired food, or any food that will become expired in your time away. You can always give away non-expired perishables like milk, bread and vegetables to your neighbours or family. 

A full fridge can be a big headache if you're going on a long trip.

 

It might also be a good idea to freeze some of your food that can be frozen so it doesn't go bad. Just be sure to save enough freezer space. 

Do a deep clean of the kitchen

A deep clean of the kitchen is definitely a must before going on holiday. Make sure to wipe down all of the surfaces, clean out the fridge and cupboards, and scrub the oven and stovetop.

 

You don't want to come home to a disaster area after being gone for a week or two, so take some time to do a proper clean now and you'll be able to relax and enjoy your holiday knowing that everything is taken care of at home.

 

We know that kitchen cleaning can be especially tedious, which is why our professional housekeepers are armed with commercial strength degreasers that will effectively remove grease and leftover bits of food around your kitchen. Take a look at our housekeeping slots today to save some time. 

 

Sanitize the bathrooms

The bathrooms are often one of the first places that get dirty, so it's important to sanitize them before you leave. This will help keep them clean and bacteria-free while you're away and prevent any build up of grime.

Nobody wants to come home to a stained toilet, so clean it before your holiday.

 

Another important tip, especially if you have nobody in the house during the trip, is to close the toilet cover to prevent mosquito breeding in your toilet bowl.

 

Nobody likes deep cleaning a toilet especially before your holiday, so feel free to leave it to our housekeeping professionals as well. 

 

Dust and vacuum all surfaces

Dusting and vacuuming are essential to getting your home holiday-ready. Make sure to dust all surfaces, including bookshelves, tables, and window sills. Vacuum all carpets and rugs, making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies. Dust will settle when nobody is around, so you want to eliminate any existing dust beforehand. Nobody likes to come home to a dust filled house!

 

If you have any areas of your home that you don't usually clean, now is the time to do it. This could be the top of your refrigerator, the cobwebs in the corners of your ceilings, and even your fans. By taking care of these tasks now, you'll be able to relax and enjoy your holiday without having to worry about cleaning when you get back.

 

Do laundry and pack a suitcase ahead of time

One of the most important things to do before going on holiday is to get your laundry done. Not only will this free up space in your wardrobe, but it'll also make packing for your trip a lot easier when you have all your clean clothes available. Another thing you can do ahead of time is pack your suitcase. This way, you won't have to worry about it on the day you leave, and you'll have one less thing to stress about.

 

Make sure all electronics are unplugged and/or turned off

This is especially important for things like televisions, laptops, and other appliances that use a lot of energy. You don't want to come home to a house full of power surges and electrical bills! This saves money and also the environment.

A simple action could save you a lot of hassle!

Another thing to consider is turning off your water main. This will help prevent any potential leaks while you're gone. 

 

Take out the trash

One of the last things you want to worry about when you're on holiday is taking out the trash. But if you don't do it before you go, it can pile up and rot, and be a huge mess when you're back. Instead of letting it become a problem, take care of it before you leave. That way, you can relax and enjoy your time away without having to worry about the pile of garbage waiting for you at home.

 

Conclusion:

Vacation is a time to relax and enjoy yourself, but that’s not possible if you’re stressed about the condition of your home or if you have forgotten important details. These tasks will take some of the load off your plate so that you can focus on having a good time. 

If you need extra help when you return, to sleep in a clean and comfortable home and to clear your holiday laundry, Rooma's housekeeping team is also at your service. Book easily online, even when you're on holiday!