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My very first “question of the week” comes from Colorado, and you can bet she gets a lot of company.

“What is the best practice when it comes to bed linens when you’re leaving? Should house guests strip the bed or make it?”

When we lived in Seattle we had so much company, and I changed so many sheets, I felt like a Vegas motel maid with hourly rates (the motel, not the maid). So my answer is yes, strip the sheets and leave them in a heap on the bed along with the towels you used (unless the towels are wet, then drape them unfolded over a towel rack).

There are three main reasons for this:

  1. It’s easier for the host to collect stripped sheets for laundering;
  2. If the host has more than one bed in the guest room, they will know which bed was used. This is much more pleasant than a sniff test;
  3. If a guest makes the bed, the host might assume that guest simply makes the bed and doesn’t change sheets between occupants in their own home.

Feel free to disagree with me, it wouldn’t be the first time.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you’ll stay tuned for next week’s post,


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