Un-packing it all in


Suitcases stuffed with dirty laundry, our family arrived home today, rested after a four-day vacaction — and weary from a seven-hour drive home. The pet-sitter left a big stack of mail on the kitchen table, and everyone was cranky.

So what to tackle first?

For me, dispensing with dirty laundry is always a priority. It seems pointless to put the contents of a suitcase into the hamper, an act that only postpones the inevitable.  I like to start a load of laundry as soon as there’s enough to fill the washer. I came up with three reasons why this is a good idea (at least for me).

First, it keeps the hampers from overflowing, a truly depressing sight the day after a vacation. Second, doing laundry forces you to empty your suitcases and begin integrating yourself back into your “regular” life. Third, laundry really isn’t that hard to do. Loading the washer takes two minutes. Dumping the wet, clean load into the dryer takes a minute. But you still feel like you accomplished something, and on those off-kilter days when you’re transitioning between time off and time back on, that’s about all you can ask.

How do you segue back into your non-vacation life?

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About organizesf

Professional organizer June Bell (www.organizesf.com) combats clutter and chaos with sage advice, tested techniques and good humor.
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