Vacation at Home

atla-080608-home01.jpgEarlier today, we blogged exploring your city. The flip side? Enjoying your home. After you've spent a few days and nights venturing out, it's time to kick back and enjoy the comforts of staying in. Some suggestions that will help you make the most of your staycation, after the jump...

  • Start with a clean slate: Prepare by hiring someone to clean your home. Taking a vacation from doing it yourself puts you in the right mindset.
  • Pamper yourself: Start off by enjoying a spa night. Take a hour or two to pamper yourself, relaxing in your clean bathroom and using up those samples and lotions you've been saving for a rainy day. Lighting some candles or bringing in some scent can also help shake off the outside world. Voluspa are a favorite brand of candle or try Anthousa or Alora Ambiance scent sticks.
  • Indulge in tasty treats: Make sure your refrigerator is stocked. Check out the Kitchn, our sister site for some tasty treats. The Blue Moon's become our new favorite summer drink; chocolate chip cookies are the perfect cookies both for staying at home and making at home.
  • Balance yes, but find the kid in yourself: Although vacationing at home doesn't mean trying to complete all those home projects we've been meaning to get to for years, we like to balance reading, watching films, listening to music and other quiet activities with more active projects. If we can put a fun spin on them, so much the better. So, cleaning out the clothes means putting on some silly music and amusing ourselves with a crazy dress up day.
  • Disconnect: Getting some "away from it all" time for us means turning off those devices that connect us to the outside world or limiting them. So, turn off the phone, power down your computer, put away your pda. Disconnecting from daily distractions can refresh both body and mind.
  • Mix it up! Eat breakfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast. Hang out in rooms and spaces you don't normally use.
  • Keep it simple: Don't expect to accomplish a lot. It's a vacation after all, even if you're staying at home. If all you do it eat and get through that giant pile of magazines, well, that's about as much as most of us expect to accomplish on our vacation.

[Image: EmmaJ, from the AT Flickr Group Pool]

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