I don’t really feel that I have too many issues from how I was raised. I have a fairly laid back family and we’re pretty close so I don’t spend my days sorting out things from growing up. Until this week.
We traveled a lot as a family, first from living overseas and second from having family in another state. While that has made me a very flexible traveler, I realized that my mom taught me one thing that practically gives me panic attacks every time I travel. It’s this: Your house MUST be spic-and-span before you go on vacation.
I know why she always did it, it is really nice to get back from being gone and not having to spend time cleaning up from a mess you left. But it doesn’t really work for me so I send myself into a mental frenzy for weeks at a time. I bring this up now because we are leaving town for a week on Saturday. And I’ve been worried about making the house clean for over a week now.
So will the house be clean, you ask? No. Has it ever been clean when I leave on vacation? Not a chance. But I’ll have my fair share of running around the house making lists of what I need to do and start the dishwasher as we head off to the airport. All thanks to my mom.