Drawer/closet space

Just curious how many of you have been provided with closet or dresser drawer space for your clothes? It’s not such a big deal to me if I’m there for less than a week, but I’m always a bit surprised when there is no space at all provided for my clothes. It seems to be hit and miss. I’m not sure if they’ve just not thought of it, or if they don’t think it’s important.

It’s not a huge deal and I’d hate for any of the Home owners I’ve sat for in the past to read this and think I’m complaining.

I’m mostly just curious to know if it’s common.

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Hi @Kelownagurl great question. We recently created a blog to help owners prepare for their sitters and one of the “tips” was to provide closet, draw and bathroom space, I once had to use a tread mill to hang my clothes on … I really don’t think some owners think about it.

My piece of advice, sitters may arrive with a suitcase but they really don’t want to live out of one …

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Thank you
Really informative

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@Kelownagurl We would also add to this refrigerator, freezer space and pantry space, especially for longer sits. (Most commonly not thought of is freezer space, but something we use often)

Our experience is also hit or miss. We’ve never felt that a ‘miss’ is purposefully done, and more likely a courtesy not thought of. However, we must say that an owner purposefully leaving us space to ‘live’ in their home is one of those extra touches that is very welcoming!

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Yes, you’ve expressed my feelings exactly!

I also agree about freezer space. Nice to be able to squeeze something in there on a longer sit. I don’t think I’ve experience inadequate fridge space tho.

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It’s rare not to have fridge space but it’s happened! :pleading_face:

Our tip for freezer space if you need a bit more is to take a picture (so you remember to put it back) and then defrost ice packs. It give a bit more space and you can put the ice packs back a day before the sit ends and nothing is spoiled!

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We’ve been provided some closet space and drawers for our clothes on most of our house sits. If we do local sits we usually ask if we can have some space in the fridge and freezer prior to arriving for the sit. It’s not always easy for the homeowners in condos to have space leftover to provide. Since we recently moved from a house to a condo we understand!

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Ha, great idea about the ice.

As a side note, I find taking photos are really helpful for a lot of things, especially if I move something around a bit during our stay and want to make sure everything goes back exactly the way it was!

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We took loo rolls on our last sit
Although it was nearly Xmas and the shops we sold out because of panic buying

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Interesting post. I think it could also be discussed during the interview if needed.

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This reminds me our first swap we had pictures of all members of the family in our bedroom and they were so ugly we hid them in the wardrobe .

But on the day of our departure we could not remember where theywere pinned up…

At that time only polaroid existed (and we did not have one with us) ; no smartphones, no digital caméras either. Only 35 years ago.

I learnt that lesson. Since then, when we swap or sit , if i move an item (too fragile i’m afraid to break or a thing i don’t like (like an art work made with butterflies wings pinned) i photograph them . In order to put them back exactly where they were on our arrivai

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Yes agree. Since returning to domestic rather than international sits more recently, we generally do a small shop on the way to a sit, so we can settle in the first few days without needing to go far. So I usually mention we’ll be doing this in our pre-sit chat, and on arrival we are able to unload fresh and frozen stuff where some space has inevitably been made. It also leads nicely into what food do they want us to leave untouched, and what perishables can be eaten (something that’s very different depening on length of sit we find). It’s interesting how we all develop little systems to make things flow easily but most are worked out through good communication before the sit.

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Not to sure if it was this forum or not.
But I think it was the woman kept some of her belongs in the fridge.
It might have been Petermac.
Help me out on this one please :pray:

Thanks for the checklist Angela.
We arrived to one sit and was shown to our bedroom. It was the owners room. They didn’t clear the surfaces, but left them covered with personal medication and clothing. No wardrobe space just a hook behind the door. The bathroom still had dirty washing and wet towels.
We’ve learned so much since that sit and during a video chat prior to accepting we ask to see our room, if there are no photos. If they are reluctant, that’s an issue for us.

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We won’t sit again if there is no pictures etc.
It just ruins the sit.

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Hello Kelownagurl This is an interesting post which I too have noticed with hosts but haven’t done much about. I find that most hosts do make a space for me to hang gear/ place it in a drawer, however, as I have a very small footprint while staying (especially for short sits), I typically just live out of my open suitcase. The tip I wanted to share is that I put all of my gear eg suitcase, work materials, bulky gear into another room (as my ‘closet’) - always a room that I won’t be using for the duration of my stay. That way it’s out of sight but accessible without having to use cupboard space and it doesn’t clutter the room I’m sleeping in. I hope that’s helpful to fellow sitters! Thanks for your post. Lisa
PS I love BC, Kelownagurl! :bridge_at_night:

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Yes, @Windtalker. The HO kept her makeup - lipstick etc, in the fridge. Maybe it gets soft/melts in the really warm temps.
Also, loads of medicals, various tablets, bottles, potions, or is that poisons :rofl:.
The dogs’ food was also supplied weekly by a local company fresh, so that required space in the fridge.
Fortunately, I eat out a lot, so only needed space for milk and a few fresh things, but even then it was tight.

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Reading these types of posts I’m really conscious i’ve been very lucky as a sitter to have found empty wardrobes, closets, empty drawers. Even for short sits lasting only a few days.
I don’t mind if medicines and tooth brushes are left under the sink. I travel alone or with my husband, never with kids. No risk…
For sure i’m not a professional sitter, i only made 8 sits in 3 years, but owners left fridges (partially) empty. I sat on big homes not using the owner’s bedroom or bathroom.
I guess their own wardrobe were full (i never checked as i never open doors in rooms i don’t occupy)
As an owner i hope i behave correctly. I explained on another thread the heavy job it is to prepare a home for sitters, i don’t want to sound as If i was " fishing for compliments" as you say in english.

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We’ve found its a bit hit and miss with closet space - but we’ve now pretty much got used to living out of our bags not so we don’t mind too much.

We did buy a ‘foldable wardrobe’ (similar to this SKUBB dark grey, Storage with 9 compartments - IKEA) that we brought with us on a couple of sits - but still required something to hang it on and in the end we just stopped using it.

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I travel super light, like one carry on size backpack for 4 months light, so I don’t need much space. That said, it does feel really nice to take everything out of the bag and be able to feel like you’re really living somewhere. It’s not expected but I really appreciate it when the homeowner leaves me a little closet and / or drawer space.

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