Dyson knows that travel can be a bit hair raising!
My pre-departure thought process goes something like this. If a serial killer gets me while I'm traveling - a totally likely scenario, right? - then the next logical step is that members of the FBI Behavioral Analysis Team will come to my home to investigate. I don't want the Criminal Minds team to conclude that the serial killer was targeting slovenly women who are unable to organize their sock drawer.
Therefore, before I leave, everything MUST. BE. SPOTLESS.
Stress free travel begins at home
So I'm doing my best to focus on the big picture of enjoying my trip - and not sweating the small stuff, like the unorganized sock drawer. Hey, this is a big step for me! I'm also coming up with a plan so that a clean house is just naturally a part of our pre-travel routine and not a constant crisis. Here's my plan of attack:
Pack first, then clean.
With the suitcase secure, I won't be making any last minute messes as I dig through drawers in search of lost items. And I can also concentrate on spending the last day or two on getting the house tidy instead of frantically doing laundry and searching for the snorkel masks (which, in case I ask later, are on the top shelf of the bathroom closet).
Get the right gear.
The quality conundrum was evident to us recently when yet another cut-rate vacuum finally roared its last. The lives and deaths of our many vacuums is a bit of a running joke now - even my mother laughed at me when I said we were vacuum-less once again! It's not like we deliberately set out to orchestrate their demise but we thought there simply wasn't a product on the market that could handle our winning combination of tons of stairs with pets who shed like demons. Behold the beasts who cause such chaos in our lives!
There was another reason I was nervous. Frankly, I assumed anything strong enough to deal with the heaps of fur that coat our house would be huge and heavy - and heavy was already our number one vacuum problem thanks to all the stairs!
When you add the fact that with all of the extra attachments, we can even dust and easily vacuum the car pre-road trip (including under the seats of the car!), we now save a lot of travel preparation time.
Turning vacuuming from our most dreaded chore to the easiest pre-departure task has absolutely reinforced to me the importance of quality and value. If you lined up all the cheap (and now dead) vacuums we've used over the years, they collectively far exceed the cost of a Dyson and we ultimately spent years overpaying and over-stressing. It is so easy to use, clean, and store - and it's somewhat horrifying to see how much pet fur it sucks up!
Bring in some help.
And now that we have by far the most effective vacuum we've ever owned in the Dyson V6 Animal, there'll be a lot more time left for them to get to some of the extra chores on the to-do list like washing windows and scrubbing baseboards.
Start every trip with a smile
Time for you to weigh in! What keeps you sane before you leave on a trip?
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