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You probably have a lot of things on your mind before you leave your home for a longer time, but don’t forget about cleaning it beforehand.

You might have a long vacation or a job contract abroad planned, and your home will be left unoccupied for a few weeks or months. Avoid having additional stress, and adjust your routine to include a few easy steps to make cleaning before leaving the house easier.

Plan the last days you spend at your home well, and avoid unnecessary tasks. There’s not much point in dusting the surfaces since they’ll get dusty anyway, but you can turn your attention to chores that will actually make a difference.

SPIC AND SPAN. experts have put together a checklist of essentials that need to be done while cleaning before leaving the house for a longer period of time.

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Before you venture out, make sure your home is prepared for the time you’re away

Clean out the fridge

Even if you’re not at home for a few days, it’s better to avoid leaving behind any food that easily goes bad. If you period of absence is much longer, you should really pay attention to cleaning out your fridge to avoid having a very unpleasant surprise upon going back. Plan your meals accordingly in the last few days before you leave so that as little food as possible goes to waste.

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You can get creative with meals before you leave, and avoid wasting food

Do the dishes and put them away

Theres nothing worse than coming back to a kitchen full of dishes piling up. On top of that, if they’re dirty dishes it might actually pose a health hazard. Spare yourself the trouble and do all your dishes before leaving. The same applies when you have a dishwasher – never leave it closed and unloaded.

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Do all your dishes in advance and avoid a messy kitchen upon going back home

Unplug electronics

Probably everyone has experienced the anxiety that follows when you’re not sure if you unplugged the iron. In order to avoid that dread and possibly save up on electricity bills, make unplugging all your devices a priority. You could even make a checklist of all electronics at home that need to be unplugged.

Deal with laundry

Nobody wants to return home after a few months of absence to a laundry hamper full of funny smelling clothes. Plan your laundry routine well and make sure all freshly washed items are dry, folded, and put away before you leave.

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Make sure your laundry is completely dry before you put it away to prevent mold from developing

Take out the trash

Unless you want your trash to start living its own life, taking it out before you leave on vacation is an absolute must. It might also be a good time to clean your trash and recycling bins thoroughly and wipe them down with disinfecting wipes.


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A clean home makes your life easier and more pleasant. Making sure your home has been cleaned thoroughly before you leave on a long vacation or a job contract abroad will give you peace of mind. Make sure you enjoy your time away knowing that everything at your place has been taken care of. For more articles on cleaning recommendations from our experts please check our blog regularly.

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Anna Kurczyńska

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