We are just coming off a week and a half of a staycation. We accomplished projects, ate at new restaurants, went on dates, worked on hobbies, and simply relaxed. It was great!
But now, it’s back to real life.
Every time I reach the end of a vacation, I feel like I need…well…a vacation. Same thing happens with a staycation, a long weekend, or an unusual day in the middle of the week.
Basically, anything that takes us away from some shade of normal leaves me feeling overwhelmed. And, while being out of the normal routines for a few days can be nice, the recovery is downright brutal.
I figure this is going to be a continual cycle this summer, with days at the pool and trips to the outlet mall. A day of play, then a day of recovery. A day of play, then a day of recovery. Over and over.
Although, it’s probably more like one day of play, then two days of recovery. Two days of play, then three days of recovery. A week of play, then don’t even talk to me about recovery.
The recovery time always outweighs the playtime.
It’s a basic scientific fact.
That isn’t really built on science.
I just know it happens.
Because it happens.
Since I expect to face the play/recover scenario over and over during the next couple months, I thought I should consider the best plan of attack and the most important priorities. If I leave it all up to my mood at the time, I’ll likely grab a towel and head to the pool. Another unscientific scientific fact.
The process of putting life back together after a staycation or random days off will be similar to the vacation recovery process, but without the bags to unpack and the groceries to shop for.
Here’s the plan…
Morning To Do List – If I follow my Morning To Do List, most of the necessary tasks will be covered. Even a pared down version will result in taking care of the important things that keep a home running.
Laundry – The machines will get to work early in the morning and won’t stop until evening. At least the hands-on time for laundry is relatively short. Sort, wash, dry, fold, put away. Every step will eventually need done, so it’s best follow through from the start instead of letting the clean clothes create a brand new type of laundry mountain.
Clean one thing – Before I walk out of a room, I’ll try to clean one thing, make one improvement, throw away one piece of trash, or carry one thing to its rightful place. Just one thing at a time adds up to a lot over the course of the day.
Kitchen – Load the dishwasher, wash the extra dishes, throw away the trash, wipe down a counter or two, stop hyperventilating. That’s pretty much the workflow. I like to have the sink and at least two of my counters fairly clean, but I can breathe if the rest of the room is a mess (I just close my eyes when I turn in that direction).
Mail and paperwork – The mail needs sorted and the bills need paid. Yuck and double yuck. Sorting the mail is a good chore to do while waiting for water to boil or toast to pop up. There’s never a good time to pay the bills. Of course, there’s also never a good time to pay late fees, so this chore just needs to get gone.
Obvious annoyances – There are some things that I can handle looking at or stepping over for a day or two until they’re cleaned up. There are other things that make me want to yell at people. The yelling stuff should be dealt with pretty quickly.
Main areas – Just like a typical evening pick-up, I’ll go through the main areas of our home and take care of the odds and ends. It will usually only take a couple of minutes to put away the blankets and snacks from the living room floor, hide the books and toys, and pile up the dirty socks that never made it to the laundry basket. This isn’t a true cleaning, just a stash-and-dash so it’s clean enough to relax at the end of the day.
How do you handle recovering from the off days? Share your tips and ideas!