The final countdown for your annual coastal holiday has finally arrived! You pack your bags, load your family into the car, and hit the road to your beach cottage. Upon arrival, you walk in to an absolute mess! This is definitely not the way to start your getaway.
A holiday home should provide a space to relax and spend quality time with friends and family. Whether you use your holiday home regularly or not, an effort needs to be made in order to keep the home neat and tidy. Often, this is the last thing that you want to do when on holiday.
Holiday homes can be difficult to keep neat and tidy, especially when the home is full of activity. Here is a list of tips on how to keep your holiday home in top shape, both when you are there as well as when you are not.
Employ a housekeeper Dust and dirt do not take a holiday, so whether your holiday home is occupied or not, it needs a thorough clean at least once a month. Depending on the size of your home, you may want to hire the services of a housekeeper more regularly when you are there.
Make use of cleaning detergents The smell of moth balls is a common trait associated with a home that is vacant – and not the most pleasant of smells. Making use of spray cleaning detergents that are set on a timer will help to keep the house smelling fresh.
Utilise the space effectively During the holidays, you can always expect a full house of people as well as all their belongings. Structure your holiday home in a certain way so you can maximise space by reducing the amount of clutter. If you find that you have excess belongings, self storage may be the perfect solution to open up the home.
Outsource chores in-house Don’t feel that keeping the holiday home clean is your job and your job only - you deserve a holiday too. By allocating everyone daily chores, the house will be kept clean and tidy. You can even introduce a reward system or gamify the responsibilities to make it fun.
Take advantage of self storage units Certain holiday items are a nuisance and cause inconvenience when traveling. These items can be stored in a storage unit where they can be easily accessed. Self storage units can keep your belongings safe when you don’t need them, and accessible when you do!
Declutter you holiday home prior to departure As your holiday comes to an end, try to get rid of unnecessary items that are no longer useful or that are taking up space. This includes emptying your fridge and food cupboards. For larger items, such as hobby equipment, you can rent a self storage unit and keep them safely stored off site.
Pack things away It’s important to pack everything away to their correct place. This will reduce the sense of clutter and keep the home tidy both during and after your stay.
Put clean linen on beds and clean towels in the bathrooms This small effort can go a long way. The next time that you arrive at your holiday home, you can relax in a clean environment, and put your feet up on a fresh bed.
These are 8 essential tips for promoting a healthy, neat and clean holiday home.