When it comes to Summer vacation, it’s like seeing the sun for the first time all year after trudging through a long, dark, desolate tunnel. It’s a fleeting embrace with total freedom that we’ve been waiting on all year. So, it can be tempting to just get up and go, but I implore you to take a moment to consider making some small changes before your vacation, getting all of the work out of the way, and then being able to reap the fruit of your labors upon your return. So, before you go to Hotels.com and make a plan, consider the following.

First and foremost, there’s Spring cleaning. Why not precede one seasonal activity with another and give your home a deep clean before your vacation begins. This is something many of us strive for as is, but we don’t always get around to it. However, the upcoming vacation might give you the energy boost and motivation you needed all along. If you do your Spring cleaning, then, you’ll come home to a brand new home, essentially, that you probably forget you cleaned, so it’s like a nice, little surprise.

You can also take this opportunity to redecorate. Why toss out some of your less favored items in favor of new furnishings and decor that are more appealing to you in this moment, in the now. So, don’t be afraid to spend a little acquiring new, or “new to me” used furniture and decor and give your home a bit of a makeover. This adds to the whole new home vibe of the Spring cleaning advice in a whole new way. With these tips in mind, you’ll surely set yourself up for coming home to the perfect home with nary a chore in sight and can unwind from the excitement of your vacation before heading back to work.