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How to Be an Organized House Guest

When we can stay with friends and family members during a trip away from home instead of a hotel, it is a real blessing. It helps us stay on budget and gives us a chance to spend time with loved ones. 

And when we stay with friends and family, we hope to be invited back. So, here are some ways to be an organized house guest.

Prepare a “Dopp Kit”

“Dopp kit” is a fancy way of saying “bag of toiletries.” Keep one stocked for each family member with travel-sized, airline-friendly products. That way, it is always ready to go, and you won’t have to borrow toiletry items from those you’re staying with.

Be sure to include:

1. Toothpaste

2. Toothbrush

3. Shampoo

4. Mouthwash

5. Deodorant

6. Disposable razor

7. Shaving cream

8. Tissues

9. Eyeglasses repair kit

10. Earplugs (you never know when you’ll be bunking with an Olympic-class snorer)

Charger cables

I always pack the cables and wall chargers I need, so I don’t end up begging to use someone else’s. If you travel often, acquire a second set of your usual cables so your travel bag is always ready to go and you won’t have to worry about forgetting to pack what you need.

Bring a small gift

This is more of a manners item than an organizing tip, but a small hostess gift is always appreciated, especially when it’s useful. The gift need not be anything extravagant, but a small thank you for the hospitality your hosts are showing you.

Aside from items to bring, there are other ways to ensure a pleasant visit. One way is to stay organized during your stay.

Keep your sleeping area neat

In addition to being polite, being organized during your stay also helps you when it’s time to head home. You’re less likely to leave something at a host’s home when you’re tidy.

Here are a few ways to stay tidy:

- Keep your toiletries in your bag and not sprawled across the sink.

- Make your bed every morning.

- Strip the sheets before you leave.

- Put your dirty clothes in a hamper or laundry bag.

Be sure to give yourself a full hour to pack up when leaving someone's home, even if you only need 15 or 20 minutes. The extra time will keep you from rushing and allow you to take care of everything you need to do. 

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About the Author

Jennifer Snyder

Jennifer Snyder

My name is Jennifer Snyder CPO, Chief Executive Organizer of Neat as a Pin Organizing Experts, a Waco-based company of Professional Organizers that is not only focused on organizing the clutter in your home or office but also clutter of the heart and mind. 

I am happy that you are taking an interest in the benefits of getting your home and life organized.  Living an organized life is for everyone!

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