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Should I Clean the Hotel Room Before Housekeeping?

Do You Clean Before Housekeeping?

I'm betting most of us have never woken up in a hotel room looking like a scene from The Hangover, but I know from various travel companions that people treat a hotel stay very differently. On the one hand, there are those who totally stash their goods and even make the bed (!) before hanging that "service please" sign, and then there are the others who leave clothes from the night before in a wad with toiletries and half the suitcase contents strewn around the room (and perhaps a tip to make up for it). Sure, those are extreme examples, but how extreme are you?

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Spectra Spectra 6 years
I try to keep the place halfway decent-looking...I wouldn't leave my clothes all over the place or leave all my personal belongings out or anything. I just let them change the sheets, vacuum, and clean the bathroom.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I tidy things up, mostly because I don't want them touching my personal things. Make the bed, give me fresh towels, wipe down a counter, sure. But my stuff is my responsibility!
Pistil Pistil 6 years
This is my job, and I like cleaning, but I really really really appreciate guests who are neat and tidy. Most people are reasonably clean, which makes me think it must take effort to leave the room a total pig sty, or these people live like this at home (I'm talking far worse than simply not making the bed or putting away dirty clothes). Yuck.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
I, too, am a tidy person, so I like to keep my personal belongings orderly, even when/especially when in a hotel. I keep my clothes in one area (in and around my suitcase in one clear space like a corner or a bench, and in order to minimize the chances that a housekeeper will touch my stuff, I also keep my toiletries in a neat pile etc. I don't necessarily do it for housekeeping, but rather I'm doing it because I don't want them to touch my stuff, I don't want to lose anything, and (like GlowingMoon) clutter stresses me out.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Well, I'm a tidy person, so I naturally keep my environment tidy, as clutter stresses me out. Truthfully, being tidy is part of my nature. I'm NOT doing it for housekeeping. I'm just being me.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
I don't like to put thngs in drawers. Too easy to forget. So I make sure my stuff is either hanging or in my suitcase. But I don't make the bed and I make sure all used towels are on the floor so we get new ones. Housekeeping takes no time to clean, they are experts. I doubt any room I've stayed in has ever been much work.
Kellanawida Kellanawida 7 years
I usually tidy up. I think it's common courtesy not to have things strewn all over the floor and the bed making it impossible for housekeeping to do their job. After working in a fast food store during high school and having obnoxious people making as big a mess as they could because they knew someone would clean up after them, I am very conscious of how much mess I make. That being said, there has been the odd occasion where I've had to leave a room without tidying but I make sure it's extra tidy the next morning!
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 7 years
I think it's silly to completely clean your room then hang the sign for housekeeping. If you're going to leave your room spotless anyway, why waste their time and resources on coming in if all they'll be doing is *maybe* vacuuming the carpet? However, I also think that it's rude and kind of irresponsible to leave a room a warzone. Yes, it may be their job to clean, but having worked in a department store where I was constantly picking up after inconsiderate patrons that would leave expensive dresses in piles on the floor, it's incredible frustrating and degrading to feel like a total Cinderella, minus the dreams of marrying a prince. I still put my trash in the trash bins. My clean clothes stay in my suitcase, my dirty clothes go wherever I've designated dirty clothes to go. Dirty towels go on the bathroom floor, but clean towels remain hung up. I've known people to leave trash everywhere, spill on the carpets and leave a room in total disarray. On top of feeling bad for the housekeepers (because, you know, they need more reason to hate their jobs - especially in this market) all I can think is - why would you want a complete stranger going through your stuff, designating where it goes? Call me paranoid but I'd rather be fully aware of where all of my stuff is.
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