When you're about to leave on vacation, do you go into a mad cleaning frenzy too?

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When you're about to leave on vacation, do you go into a mad cleaning frenzy too?

K101 K101
I hate to say it, but around vacation time for me is one of the most stressful times! I guess I'm really picky though. I've been working like a mad man for the past week and a half since we are leaving for our trip to Panama in a few hours. I get crazy the day before we go. Happens every single year. I tear the house apart cleaning and organizing, but it certainly feels nice when I get back home and it's like a new house! I hate the way I stress and spend hours hyped up on coffee and energy drinks getting everything done.

I just hate coming home from vacation to a dirty, messy house. Having everything cleaned and organized means I can come home and all I really have to do for a day or two is worry about unpacking. It is worth it, but I have nearly killed myself tonight. I realized I had pajama pants that needed washed, but didn't want to wash only one item, so I hand washed those babies. Now they're in the dryer.

And the sweetest and saddest part is that my baby, Fuzz has been sleeping in my packed suitcase all night long! I couldn't even zip it after packing because the sweet angel is sleeping in there. On all my clean clothes. Guess I'll have one hell of a hairy wardrobe! It's making me so sad because I hate leaving my pets. I think I will cry! It's like she's laying in my suitcase saying "mommy, please just pack me up and take me too!"

Am I the only person who turns into a complete mad person on the day before leaving on vacation? Everyone else who's going with us are totally relaxed, sleeping their little hearts out right now! I just don't understand how they can be so calm. Maybe I'm "high strung." Lol.

Do y'all pet owners cry when you have to leave your babies? Please tell me I'm not the only one who gets sad over that! I have Pookie, who's a weiner dog that's been with me since my early teens! He decided to run off this past week and just came back home 2 days ago! Guess the old guy found him a woman. He's already gone to my brother-in-law's for the night though, so I am missing him. Poor guy. He's normally fatish and he is so skinny now since he randomly took off for a few days.

Then I have my Hubert hamster. I spent hours cleaning his cage up, filling his food and water and giving him plenty of toilet paper for the week. Now my back is killling me from all that. But that little guy has a whole castle full of fluffy, pillow like toilet paper. He's in heaven. I had a friend of the family babysit him last year when we went to Panama, but he came back with a large bump on his arm and it stayed for a few months. I thought it was a tumor and flipped out, but it seemed to be that our friend or her kids accidentally let his cage door slam on his hand and caused the bump. He's fine now, but I'm such a paranoid person that I'm just keeping him home this year I guess.

Then I have 3 cats. Fuzz, the one passed out in my packed suitcase right now. Then Kaleesie, who's perfectly fine with or without me, but will probably miss me. Then there's Patsie. I don't know what she'll do without her mommy! We leave them for our trip every year though, but it never gets easier!

Oh, and how could I forget. My newest addition -- my turtle. He was left in an apartment that a couple moved out of. My partner owns the apartment and found the poor little guy crawling around all alone in an empty house with no food or water! So I took him in. He probably won't mind me being gone at all, but I'd hoped to send him home with my close friend. She has turtles of her own, and since he doesn't have any kind of large food bowl to keep him fed, I didn't want to leave him at home alone. Unfortunately, my friend seems to have forgotten to come pick him up tonight! LOL.

So I'm scramblin' here trying to make sure everything is perfect before leaving.

Do you guys do that? And do you leave your pets home or send them with a trust worthy person? I always worry the cats will run away if I put them in someone else's home. My Fuzz and Patsie both stayed with my cat-loving grandmother when they were kittens and we went to Panama. I think they're happier at home though. I usually just leave my bedroom window opened so they can come in and out as they please.

Also, it seems nobody I know/trust is available to come by and check up on my babies and that has me really stressed. I like to know someone will come by each day, make sure the water/food is still full and pet them for me. I haven't been able to get ANYBODY to do it for me this time though. Any suggestions on that one? I have those large water/food containers that you fill really full and as the pets eat and drink, more comes out. We've used this method for them for years, so they haven't ever ran out, but I'm still worried.
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I go into a mad, cleaning/organizing frenzy too!
Woman China , Sodom and Gomorrah , MissCandyland , amazon , sexykiss , Lildrummrgurl7 , Bullfroggy and Rose , Kissy , js250 , YvetteJeannine , Mamastoys , Passion plum , LoveYouLikeThat
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You are a strange person. I don't think anyone cares about cleaning and organizing before vacation! Who cares about a messy home? I just paaar-taaaay!
I do clean some, but only the things that are necessary, and then I'll worry about that mess when I'm back from vacation.
Rossie , Lovely Jubblies , Alyona , Amber1319 , DeliciousSurprise , kims89 , Owl , TheirPet , Missmarc , G&L , kitty1949 , LoveBug721 , Boyfriend , married with children , Ex-prude , dv8 , gsfanatic , thesquaredeific
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What vacation?
True Pleasures
1
I cry about leaving my pets when I leave for vacation!
js250 , YvetteJeannine , Mamastoys , Ex-prude
4
I do not have pets.
Woman China , Lildrummrgurl7
2
I get real sad when I leave my pets to go on vacation, but once I'm there, I am OK.
Are you kidding me? My pets come with me! (I wish I could bring mine!)
clockwork451 , js250
2
Are you kidding me? I cry the entire time I have to be away from my pets!
Ummm... whatever happens happens?
I leave my pets with a trust worthy loved one when I go out of town.
Rossie , TheirPet , YvetteJeannine
3
I leave my pets at home when I go out of town, but I have someone come check on them and feed them.
Bex1331 , Amber1319 , G&L , kitty1949 , js250 , Mamastoys , Ex-prude
7
I just leave my pets home and leave enough food/water for them to get by.
MissCandyland , G&L , js250
3
I have some suggestions for you that I'll leave in the comments section. (Very much appreciated)
Total votes: 53 (34 voters)
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Rossie Rossie
I do everything the night before, because we usually leave the house very early on the day of the trip. I'll do all the laundry and bag up all the litter from the waste baskets throughout the house. As for my pooch, I usually board him at his groomers home, we've been using the same groomer for seven years and we trust her very much; and I'll give the groomer a call every day to check on my baby.
08/19/2012
Woman China Woman China
Because of where I live, and the horrible windows, dust, sand, bugs you name it comes in through even closed windows. And even if all my things are in closets, they still get uber dusty.

When I leave my house it is usually for months at a time.

I wash all the laundry, air dry it, fold it, then put it into storage bags. All my clothing, towels, bedding, quilts, duvets, pillows everything goes into those bags and sealed up tight. Then all my furniture gets moved, cleaned, cleaned around it, put back, dust coverings put on things... All the power and water get turned off... then the day before I am due to arrive home, my maids come in and do a cleaning, making my home prepared for my arrival.

The dust covers are washed, my windows are cleaned, my power and water are turned back on and my kettle filled with water.
08/19/2012
Bex1331 Bex1331
I clean thoroughly but I don't freak out, and my cat just stays home when I;m on vacation, shes probably just happy to have the house to herself
08/19/2012
Amber1319 Amber1319
The only thing I am really concerned about cleaning before vacation is my dishes and clothes. As far as pets I only have fish and a turtle which someone stops by and takes care of.
08/19/2012
kims89 kims89
08/19/2012
MissCandyland MissCandyland
I clean like a mad person! I want to come home to a clean house.

Also, I have two cats that are actually really behaved cats. For example, I own a lot of plants and they never get into them. Anywho, I leave several bowls of food and water scattered around the house. I also leave sinks filled with water (just for extra reassurance they will have water). I admit, I do go a little overboard, but I would rather they have more than enough food and water and it has worked every time I leave to go somewhere, because when I come back, they still have a lot of food and water. I have extra litter boxes too. My rule is 1 litter box per 2 days of being gone. The longest I have ever left them was 8 days so I put out 4 litter boxes, and that worked out just fine. I leave the television on too, so they can hear human voices. I know...I'm a weirdo. I love my cats and make sure they are as comfortable as possible when I leave.
08/19/2012
Allstars316 Allstars316
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
I do everything the night before, because we usually leave the house very early on the day of the trip. I'll do all the laundry and bag up all the litter from the waste baskets throughout the house. As for my pooch, I usually board him at his ...
I do a little cleaning. If I think the food/drinks might go bad. I will toss them out.
08/19/2012
amazon amazon
And it usually starts an argument, because we end up being late to leave
08/19/2012
sexykiss sexykiss
yes i do because i want my house clean when i come home
08/19/2012
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I definitely clean my entire house before I leave on vacation. I hate coming home to dirty house. The last time I went on a vacation, I flew out a few days before my fiance and he was home alone for 4 days. He didn't clean the house before he left and it drove me crazy when I came back to a dirty house. He didn't even make the bed.
08/19/2012
TheirPet TheirPet
I either take my dog with, board him, or have someone I trust look after him when I'm gone. I don't go into a cleaning frenzy because I'm already a bit OCD about cleaning.
08/19/2012
Bullfroggy and Rose Bullfroggy and Rose
don't want to have to clean when we get back
08/19/2012
lineswecast lineswecast
Yep, definitely. Especially if we have someone house-sitting.
08/19/2012
Missmarc Missmarc
Quote:
Originally posted by K101
I hate to say it, but around vacation time for me is one of the most stressful times! I guess I'm really picky though. I've been working like a mad man for the past week and a half since we are leaving for our trip to Panama in a few hours. I ...
I do clean some, but only the things that are necessary, and then I'll worry about that mess when I'm back from vacation.
08/19/2012
G&L G&L
I try to clean, but I always run out of time and just stop (so long as I've taken out the trash). We have two cats, so if its 3 days or fewer I leave enough food or water. Past that, I have a family member come by to feed/water them.
08/19/2012
kitty1949 kitty1949
I don't go out of town often - at least not for extended periods of time - but when I do, I always make sure my furbaby is well taken care of.
08/19/2012
clockwork451 clockwork451
I never go into a mad cleaing frenzy. EVER.

And my dog needs to come with me. She's too old to be left with someone.
08/20/2012
js250 js250
I clean and get everything nice to come home to. Then I set our pets up and have our stepson come over everyday to check on them--sometimes he will even stay there.
08/20/2012
Mamastoys Mamastoys
I clean everything before I leave..I have to leave my cat at home-she doesn't ride well but our daughter comes to check on her and love on her daily. When we had our beagle, she went everywhere with us unless she couldn't, then she stayed with her "sissie."
08/20/2012
Boyfriend Boyfriend
I clean what is necessary.
08/20/2012
Passion plum Passion plum
We clean almost everything. It's very relaxing to arrive home after a long drive or flight to a very clean house. I remember a few years ago we got back from a week long vacation and our house reeked something awful. We didn't do a very good job of cleaning the sink and something was rotting in the garbage disposal.
08/20/2012
Ex-prude Ex-prude
My cats are my world. I always take them with me or get someone I KNOW will take care of them to do it.
08/21/2012
gsfanatic gsfanatic
Kind of, I'll make sure my place is reasonably clean, but otherwise won't go nuts
10/22/2012
LoveYouLikeThat LoveYouLikeThat
I go crazy cleaning too. I hate coming home to a messy house, and it's so nice to have the washer/dryer ready to throw clothes in and get those taken care of. I get a small bit of "relaxation" time after I come home
10/22/2012
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