put the house to bed

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streetgang

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Would someone tell me what it means here: the wife wants to do the dishes then the husband says:" I got it. I will put the house to bed, you go start packing..."
 

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When he says "you go start packing", it indicates they are going on a trip. So when he says he will put the house to bed, he means he will do the dishes and all the necessary chores to get the house ready for a period during which its occupants will be absent.
 
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