Tips to make coming home easier

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 in Insider Tips | Comments Off

Anyone who has spent extensive time traveling knows that coming home is never as easy as pulling into the driveway and switching on the lights. Coming home from a season of Circus work could potentially mean coming to a fight for your home. Unless you’ve had someone checking in on your place for you, you’ll be coming home to months worth of dust settled over all of your belongings; not to mention the pest infestation. I remember a common practice when arriving home after a long season was to scour the house for roaches… and there were always roaches. One of the most resilient vermin on earth, cockroaches can colonize quickly and are a major problem for the returning circus performer. Not to worry though, an array of effective poisons and bug sprays are available at most retail stores. I would recommend Ortho Home Defense Indoor Insect Killer Spray, it is effective and does not have that nasty chemical smell. It is also said to be safe for pets and children; which is always something important to lookout for.

There are also ways to keep roaches, spiders, ants and other creepy crawlies from invading your home while you’re gone. Some prefer to call an exterminator and have poison professionally spread over their lawns, however my father would purchase pump spray poisons and do it himself, making sure to hit the windows and thresholds. Coming home means a lot of hard work, most of you have lawns and gardens that need tending, a whole lot of cleaning to do, not to mention unpacking and cleaning out the trailer. I remember the first week back from any trip always meant sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, and other such domestic tasks. So, for those of you new to the circus biz, when you’re getting back from your season, be prepared!

Another unavoidable but irksome issue is food. There’s never anything in the fridge and when you open it you’re usually greeted with a stagnant musty smell. There isn’t much you can do about the lack of food until you’ve gone grocery shopping. Common sense indicates that it is a bad idea to leave any food around when you leave for a long trip but there is a good counter for that yucky smell. Leave an open box of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda inside the fridge. Leaving one in the refrigerator before departing should  prevent the odor from setting in while your gone.

Whenever you come home, rest assured you’ll have your work cut out for you but isn’t it worth it? Sleeping in your own bed again, living in your stationary, solid, unmovable home? Fighting the bugs, dust and decay is a small price to pay for your home which is always waiting for you at the end of the road. ■