Coat hangers?

We always supply our own food ( although if owners say we can use perishables, that’s fine) and ensure owners return to a home with a few basics such as milk, butter, bread.
One thing we do notice though is the common absence of anywhere to hang or store our clothes. Of course, owners are not running a bed and breakfast so probably just don’t realise when a few empty hangers, and a smidgeon of drawer and hanging space would be appreciated.

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Hi,
this surprises me. I don’t think you need to run a B&B to realise that sitters need space for their stuff. What about when house-guests come to stay? I’m also pretty sure providing space for clothes is in the ‘getting ready for sitters’ guide. It is on Mindmyhouse and UKhousesitters anyhow.

What a great title. I love coat hangers and I do carry a couple of my own. I also wish that more HOs provided some. I now ask if we can have hanging space.
I recently spent 3 nights in an Airbnb apartment as our sitting was cancelled. One of the highlights was having about 20 coat hangers - heaven!!

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I travel very light, I only have 2 spare tops, a pair of shorts, and one dress with me on my current sit, but even I would appreciate a couple of coat hangers.

Absolutely, @Liffy99 Liffy99 ! I have just returned from a sit in a gorgeous home, but the spare room, I was in had a bed, bedside cabinets (full) and a chair. Fortunately, I had brought a few hangers of my own, so I ended up having to carefully hang them from a couple of picture frames.

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I have also had several sits with no closet or drawer space…if it’s a short sit, I don’t mind so much but for the longer sits, it’s a bit of a hassle. I did one sit that was 6 weeks long and there was not an ounce of room in any of the closets or drawers! I ended up using a clothes drying rack that I took from the laundry room and put in the office…not ideal but I made it work!

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I’ve learned the hard way, not from pet sits but from vacation rentals. Hubby and I travel fairly light, but often there just aren’t enough hangers even for our few things.

Recently I helped my mom clean out her closet, and I found a handful of very thin wire hangers that she was going to throw away. She prefers the big plastic ones. Now I keep some of her cast off’s in my roller bag, and they’ve come in handy on numerous occasions. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

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Thanks for raising this @Liffy99
I don’t mind hanging my clothes on the back of a chair for a few days but if the sit is for a few weeks it would be great if the HO could provide a bit of closet space and a few coat hangers.

When we arrived at our current sit, the first thing we said was “Wow, we have hanging space plus plenty of coat hangers!” Very considerate HO.

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We leave a desk with three drawers empty, half the shelves in a big dresser, one empty bedside table as well as plenty of closet space, with hangers of course.

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On a related note, at least in MY mind, I’ve started asking HO to leave me some space in their fridge/freezer. For sits over a few days, I’d like space to store my food!

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We have plenty of room in the sitter’s closet AND hangers! Lots! :slight_smile: We’re sitters as well as HOs, so it’s helpful to have perspectives from both sides. Our home isn’t perfect, but we try! :slight_smile:

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Good point - we try to use just one shelf for our own food to make things easier.

Totally agree. If we are expected to stay longer than a weekend, would be nice to have at least one drawer or hanger. Has happened more than once for longer stays (4 weeks)