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barefoofdoctor Mon 08-May-17 17:47:44

Conversation with friend this morning about my hectic schedule before going away in a couple of weeks time and thus trying to get the house as clean and tidy as possible before departure. She is of the opinion why bother tidying for the burglars? I love coming home to a clean and tidy house but am I unreasonable (or weird!) having a bit of a house scrub down before I go away? Anyone else compelled to leave the house clean and tidy or dread it on return?

Smeaton Mon 08-May-17 17:49:12

Seems a bit daft to me.
Dust will only settle and will need cleaning again when you get back. Might as well not have the problem now, wait till after holidays.

Justmadeperfectflapjacks Mon 08-May-17 17:49:31

Always tidy up before we go. . Last thing I want coming through the door with 4dxc and camping stuff is mess!!
Bad enough having to unpack and do the washing!!

QuiteLikely5 Mon 08-May-17 17:49:41

That's a ridiculous way to think! After all who would go away if they thought they'd be burgled?!

She's obviously a sloth and felt guilty when you mentioned your heavenly approach

McTufty Mon 08-May-17 17:49:42

I always tidy it before a holiday as it's so nice to come back to a spotless home, and so depressing to come back to a tip!

AlternativeTentacle Mon 08-May-17 17:50:33

But better for fingerprints ;)

We always tidy up before going away, hate to come back to mess.

MyheartbelongstoG Mon 08-May-17 17:50:48

I always do this!

Though about three years ago I did in fact tidy up for the burglars.

GeillisTheWitch Mon 08-May-17 17:52:02

I thought everyone did "the burglar clean" before they went away, until I pet sat for a friend when she was away and her house was like a tornado had been through it.

Tazerface Mon 08-May-17 17:53:16

I try to make sure dishes are done and bins are emptied, maybe the beds are changed. I don't do anything out of the ordinary though.

DH wanted to leave a pan in 'to soak' for a week once hmm. Honestly he's so lazy.

coldcanary Mon 08-May-17 17:55:12

I do it too, at least if you are burgled you'll be able to tell when you get back! grin
I hate coming home to an untidy house after a holiday.

NavyandWhite Mon 08-May-17 17:55:24

I always clean before I go away too. Just a habit I guess. I clean the loos and sinks, Hoover and dust, put all the rubbish out and change the beds. Probably mad really grin

ScarlettFreestone Mon 08-May-17 17:55:49

I've never thought of it as tidying for the burglars! However I do try to leave the house tidy and clean (with freshly made beds if I can) before going on holiday.

I also try to get to the bottom of the laundry basket.

Generally going on holiday involves a tiring journey home. It's lovely to come back to a nice tidy house.

Pawpainting Mon 08-May-17 18:01:44

Yes, tidy up and change the beds. Empty laundry basket ready for the post holiday washing. When we travel it's always long haul so to come back after a long journey to a tidy house and clean beds, which we normally get straight into, makes a big difference

barefoofdoctor Mon 08-May-17 18:03:49

I like you Quitelikely5! Oh no MyheartbelongstoG that is awful.

Yes I like to give the loo and sink a good bleach and get everywhere spic and span for my return, I left a half full bin bag in the kitchen bin once and genuinely had to give myself a Stern Talk that it really didn't matter and to relax.

Oh and if i manage to give the fridge a clean out prior to departure I leave very very happy indeed (need to get a hobby).

Redredredrose Mon 08-May-17 18:07:03

I leave it as clean and tidy as it usually is. I wouldn't make a special effort to make it spotless, but it's usually 'visitor-ready' anyway because I get twitchy if it's really untidy or grubby so I datesay it's clean enough for the burglars not to feel disgusted at my housekeeping.

ArcheryAnnie Mon 08-May-17 18:07:37

I always plan to tidy for the burgulars, but often don't manage a proper clean. (If I go away without taking laundry with me, then I count that a win...)

I love my flat, and love coming home, but especially if I've been staying somewhere a bit swish, coming back to a dingy tip can be a bit of a depressing homecoming,

gluteustothemaximus Mon 08-May-17 18:07:48

The idea is that I clean the house completely so when we come back it's lovely and all we have to do is chill out and unpack.

The reality is, this never happens, and we come back to chaos.

One day though...

Littlepond Mon 08-May-17 18:12:17

My house is at its best just before we go on holiday! Hate coming home to a messy house. Absolutely we tidy for the burglars lol

Letmesleepalready Mon 08-May-17 18:12:52

Oh, I think I'd rather tidy for the burglars than what we call it here: tidying in case we die when we are away. I read about that somewhere and it stuck! Luckily so far, we've only tidied for ourselves!

SleepFreeZone Mon 08-May-17 18:13:58

I always clean and tidy before I leave and am always ecstatic that I did when we come back from holiday and the only thing I have to sort immediately is laundry.

Oldraver Mon 08-May-17 18:15:00

I like to come home to a clean tidy house so always have a whizz round.

Plus...the house frequently looks like we have been burgled

JigglyTuff Mon 08-May-17 18:15:25

I clean and tidy and put fresh sheets on the beds if I can. Then all I have to deal with is the mountain of post and laundry when I come home

AlletrixLeStrange Mon 08-May-17 18:16:03

I'm going away in 9 days and I have a to-do list with tasks for every day so every room gets a deep clean before I go, furniture out, inside cupboards cleaned etc.. I don't know why I always do it?
Maybe it's a little less of a crash back to reality if I come home to a super clean house than an okay-tidy one

AliTheMinx Mon 08-May-17 18:17:13

I always tidy before we go away. Yes - it's stressful, but so nice to come back to a clean and tidy house. I could never leave it in.a mess... What would the burglars think?!

Equimum Mon 08-May-17 18:17:33

My mum always does a deep clean (freezers out and cleaned behind, all windows cleaned etc.) before she goes away. This is because, if anything should happen to her, she doesn't want anyone to think she was a dirty person!

Obviously they wouldn't think that if anything happened to her six months after her last holiday,since when, the freezer wouldn't have moved confused.

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