Many times before I have written about how to prepare for a trip, and Pinterest is loaded with links about how to be organized for a vacation. One key area is seldom addressed: how do you end your trip in an organized manner? This is how we do it…
Upon returning from a trip, most of us want to just let the suitcases sit, as we are exhausted from the trip. That can be dangerous as the suitcase may still be there on the floor six months later. Sometimes it is wise to leave certain items in your luggage permanently — a toiletry case or a spare charger, for example — but that does not mean everything else should stay as well. Unpack everything else right away; be sure to check in all the pockets of your luggage.
Repair and Replenish as Needed
Did you use up your travel-size toothpaste or shampoo? Make a note on your to-do list to replace depleted items. Another example: On my latest trip, I realized the wheels on my suitcase squeak quite horribly. Getting that fixed is going onto my to-do list now.
Make a Note of Ideas to Travel Easier in the Future
Did you pack something that wound up being useless? Did you wish you’d packed something you didn’t? Did something you packed work out especially well? If you keep a packing list, update that list to reflect what you learned.
Go Through Your Photos
It’s easy to believe we’ll never forget where we were when we took our photos, but all too often, we do forget detailed information. Name the photos or tag them while your memory is fresh. While you’re doing that, take a few moments to delete the photos that just aren’t worth keeping: out-of-focus photos, duplicate shots, etc.
Write Thank-You Notes
If you were hosted by friends or business associates, take the time to write thank-you notes – with pen and paper – expressing your gratitude for their hospitality.
Stop Telling People You’re Gone
Cancel your email auto-responder and change your voicemail. I’ve received numerous messages telling me someone was out of the office until a specific date, many days after the date in question.
Getaways are delightful in the anticipation and experience. By organizing how you end the trip you can extend those good feelings a little longer.
Jennifer Snyder, Certified Professional Organizer
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