My wife and I returned this morning from a trip to New England to visit family. As The Manly Housekeeper I have three main tasks for the rest of the day: unpack our suitcases, start some laundry, and make a trip to the grocery store to refill our fridge.
With those tasks in mind, I should get to work, but let me first share two quick travel tips.
Tidy your home before departing. It shouldn’t take long – 15 minutes, max. Investing that time will pay big dividends when you open your front door after being away, however. Speaking from recent experience, It’s a relief to know that while I might have some chores to do (like laundry) the apartment is, overall, in good shape.
Don’t reserve seats at the front of the plane if you’re carrying on your luggage. I was extra pleased with myself when, for this most recent trip, I got seats near the front of the plane (rows 6 and 7, to be exact). I figured these seats would make us extra efficient, since we could deplane faster. My strategy backfired, however, when we had to gate-check our carry-on luggage for our westbound flight. Because we were so near the front, we were the last group to board the plane. All the overhead compartment room was gone, due to more people carrying on to avoid checked-luggage fees.