Do you feel that the worst part about taking a trip is unpacking the suitcase at the end of it? Does it take you days and sometimes weeks to unpack after a trip? Often we put off the dreaded unpack because we no sooner get back from vacation and without missing a step, we are expected to jump right back into our busy lives right where we left off before we left before our trip. There are some people who don’t like unpacking luggage because they are sad the trip has ended or have no idea where to put all the souvenirs that were brought home, and the thought of putting away all those different items from all parts of our home just makes us exhausted.
Here are a few tips to help get you motivated to unpack your luggage quickly and with a little less anxiety…
Yes, that’s what the Pro’s say.
• Bed Bugs! or any other type of creepy crawly you may have brought home with you in your luggage. Try to eliminate any unwanted “guests” from lingering and making themselves at home by unpacking your stuff right away and doing your laundry.
• Odor – Unless you sealed your dirty laundry in a plastic bag, they will make all your clothes smell dirty.
• Pack smarter. Contain all the dirty clothes in a plastic bag or laundry bag so that you can easily grab it from your bag and dump it into the laundry. Your luggage will be at least halfway unpacked at this point. Otherwise…
• Sort everything into piles – dirty clothes, clean clothes, shoes, toiletries, papers, electronics, etc.
• Take care of clothing – Put dirty clothes directly into hamper; Put clean clothes away
• Take everything else that doesn’t belong in the bedroom and drop them off at different stations. You will deal with them when you are in that room again. For example, drop off your toiletry bags in the bathroom and your electronics and paper piles in your office.
• Only unpack toiletry bags if something leaked. Don’t refill your shampoo/conditioner bottles until before your next trip. Tip: Used up something while on vacation? Leave yourself a note on top of your bag or in your phone of what needs to get replaced.
• Return your passport to its proper home immediately.
• Sort your papers near any area that has a recycle bin, shredder, and folders or envelopes to hold any receipts, notes, or memorabilia.
• If you travel often and the items will be used again on your next trip but not in-between, by all means keep it stored in your luggage.
If you follow even just one of these ideas, you might be able to unpack those suitcases faster. You’ll spend less time tripping over them and chiding yourself that you still have not dealt with them yet, and you will free up time to get back into the groove of your everyday life.
Do you have some simple tips or things that you do that make your unpacking successful? Please share your thoughts and comments below. I’d love to hear from you!