Welcome back guys!! Or really, welcome back me! Since my last post, I kind of checked out in more ways than just getting caught up in the busyness of the holidays. More on that later…but I’m glad now to finally just do it! The voice in my head is like, just do it, even if it’s totally random, just write about ANYTHING. So here I am. Recapping this year’s New Years Eve and some methods I’ve mastered when house sitting.
A small recap of my NYE: spent it third wheelin’ it with my best friend Emily and her boyfriend Brian. We pre-gamed on Emily’s delicious Moscow Mules and a spread of Trader Joe’s little bites of yum, before heading to see my favorite local cover band, Three Sheets to The Wind!!
The Yacht Rock mates were right on point, disco balls and all.
It was a smashing time, but definitely could have consumed more, er, water?
I woke up New Year’s Day in someone else’s bed…oops…JK JK!! I woke up at the house where I’ve been house sitting for the last few days. The owner has two dogs and a cat and lives in this gorgeous turn-of-the-century home. Very Virginia. Some parts of the house kind of reminded me of how Thomas & Martha Jefferson might have lived. It felt THAT historical.
I just love an old house with character. There have been some renovations though; including kitchen and bathrooms, a finished third floor, and currently a newly constructed garage, that which my brother is head contractor 🙂
Without being creepy and revealing the entire house, here are a few of my favorite details:
Now back to the second part of the title of this post. I’ve been house sitting for several years. I’ve mostly held down the fort at a close family friends’ house, but when I’m at new acquaintances homes, the house rules are pretty much the same. Here are some tips I’ve collected over the years. If you’re a frequent house sitter, I hope these are helpful!
1. The night before I move all my stuff over to the house, I like to clean out my fridge almost completely, as seen below:
This way, I don’t have to bring everything that was in my fridge with me, and this ensures that almost nothing will spoil.
2. Then I pack a bag full of pantry staples like peanut butter, coconut oil, olive oil, etc. Items that the home owners may not have on hand and things that I don’t want to spend another $10 on when I already have it.
3. When I arrive at the house, I first unload any food I brought into the fridge, let the pets (usually dogs) out, greet them, give them hugs, treats, snuggles, etc., so that we can all get acquainted.
4. Then I get settled in which ever room I’m staying in by setting out toiletries, hanging up any clothes if accessible, making up beds, etc.
5. When I house sit, I treat the time I’m there as if I was going to stay in a beach house or something, so once I’m all settled, I make a run to the nearest grocery store.
6. I hate the thought of having to buy prepared food every night, even if it’s healthy prepared food from this place, so I usually do my normal store run for food I can cook at the house. This saves so much money and makes more time spent with the pets!
7. I treat the house better than my own. This means that after each meal I clean up after myself, clean dishes, wipe counters, etc. As for picking up after pets, I make sure to sweep/wipe up every bit of debris along the way, so as not to have so much to clean on my last day staying there.
I will also change the sheets and re-make the bed I slept in if neccessary, as well as put any dirty kitchen + bath towels in the hamper.
Most times I’m pretty excited to go back to my cozy little apartment after staying in someone else’s home for a while, but in my opinion, house sitting is a great way to get out of your comfort zone while staying in your own city. It has definitely helped me become more adaptable and has enhanced my ‘go-with-the-flow’ attitude.
I hope these tips were helpful for all my fellow house sitters out there!