family-at-beachThe worst part about a family vacation is that it ends, which means bushels full of dirty laundry, an empty refrigerator and an unwelcome return to daily life. There are ways to ease the transition from family vacation to family life, including cleaning before you leave and ordering out the day you return, two great tips that were shared on our May 30 TMOM Monday Twitter party. Read on for more.

 

WHAT DID YOU DO FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND?

 

@zwei2go: We took a road trip to Southport, NC and road the ferry to Ft. Fisher to the aquarium and beach

 

@kymri: clean the house….a delayed "spring cleaning" when I’m finally home!

 

@DanielleLeitch: Just retd (literally) from long wknd RitzCarlton-had a great time w/ tons of activities for kids!

 

WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU GET HOME FROM A VACAY?

 

@anneatcsuite: For some reasons returning from vacations always inspires me to do something different so I get home&write things down

 

@ABCGP: Almost forgot the most important thing when returning home – get the diapers in the washer ASAP! 😛

 

@ChildMode:Check messages, open my packages THEN my bills. Then I leave everything in a pile and unpack, LOL!

 

DO U RETURN FROM VACAY EARLY OR LATE IN THE DAY? WHY?

 

@missbritt: Can’t do much when you’re watching the clock anyway, and then you can crash at home. 🙂

 

@anneatcsuite: Either really early or really late…traffic for road trips, destination for air…

 

@walkingontravel: Get the most out of vacay. Life may be rough when you get back, but you get more time. Worth it!

 

HOW DOES YOUR FAMILY HELP WITH THE VACAY RECOVERY?

 

@GoBIG_GoHome: My son makes sure his goldfish are still alive, and that’s about it. Those spoiled goldfish will outlive all of us.

 

@kymri: they’re supposed to help?? can u send them the memo?

 

family_picnic@anneatcsuite:  Really, we all work together to bring everything in, put things away, etc

WHAT CAN YOU DO BEFORE A TRIP TO MAKE VACAY RECOVERY EASIER?

 

@twokidsandamap: Make sure the dishes are put away! I used to come home to loaded clean dishwasher & it would drive me nuts!

 

@marlibu: prepare meals and clean house – so as soon as u come home u can eat + sleep.

 

@monben: Run the dishwasher! Nothing worse than coming home to a sink of dirty dishes

 

 

WHAT’S THE LONGEST IT’S TAKEN YOU TO UNPACK AND FINALLY PUT AWAY THE SUITCASES?

 

@ramblingstump: I hope moving doesn’t count. I’m still not fully unpacked from November’s move!

 

@dadarocks: 4 weeks

@MorethanMommy: We’re supposed to unpack and put suitcases away? Oops