We know first-hand how trips can breed clutter. Travel receipts, souvenirs and your unworn, still-packed clean clothes can trip you up big time if you don’t un-pack.
Unpack…Everything: This means your suitcase, your backpack, your carry-on. Unless you have a toiletries bag that is 100% duplicate, you need to unpack your products. Avoid living out of your Dopp kit once you’re home.
Clean…Anything that’s dirty: Get soiled clothing into the laundry flow so it’s set for its next wearing. Depending on the nature of your trip, you’ll have:
• laundry to wash at home
• dry cleaning to send out or drop off
• a car in need of a vacuum
These are simple tasks that you should not delay.
Decide…and set a date: If you purchased souvenirs display them or store them in your gift closet. If you picked up promotional products on a business trip, bring them to your office. Deliver items to colleagues and clients before their novelty wears off.
When you let clutter take over — like papers, travel bags yet to be unpacked, and items to return or pass along to friends — you complicate your daily tasks. Just like you honored a date to start your vacation, set a date by which you’ll handle everything to officially end your trip.