Removing personal touches from the home. Yes or no?

Hi there,

I’m about to use TrustedHousesitter for my first longer trip (3 weeks) and busy getting my home ready for my sitters (emptying wardrobe space etc).

My question is do i remove personal touches from my home e.g. family photos, trinkets etc? I’m not sure how far into AirBnB territory i should go.

Thanks for your advice in advance,


Hi @PeFreem Welcome to our community forum and to TrustedHousesitters and thank you for being a caring and considerate owner, prepping for your sitters to make them feel welcome but in all honesty this is your home and we know we are being welcomed into a home, not a hotel or an Airbnb.

If you have precious items you would rather put away that is absolutely your choice but as sitters we welcome a clean and tidy home, somewhere to place our personal belongings, space in the fridge, the bathroom etc., we would like to be able to relax and enjoy your pets and home … your home being the operative word.

I’m sure our members will give you some more helpful advice.

Enjoy your sitters and have a great trip. May we ask where you are going and who are you leaving to keep your sitters company?

Angela and the Team


If you have anything you value, put it away in a safe place. Not because it will be stolen but if it is broken both the sitter and you will go through a lot of anguish.
I have been known to take photos then put some fragile things away in a cupboard and put them back when we leave, just to be on the safe side.
Honestly, just leave some space in the wardrobe, fridge and freezer and make sure all fragile stuff is safe. Maybe do a sweep to make sure no opened letters or bills are lying around. Leave the place clean and tidy, lots of pet food and treats and go and enjoy your break. Us sitters are a hardy bunch and cope with anything else.


What a sweet question! :heart:
My advice, as a sitter, is to only bother moving your things if you don’t want the sitter to see them or touch them!
Otherwise, no need to change your home’s “personal touches” at all.

When I sit in someone’s home, I enjoy that it’s a home, not a hotel!

If you have precious breakables in areas the sitter will be using, you could move those if you wanted to be extra careful.
I know there’s a couple times I’ve gotten little nervous when I’ve seen something fancy / unique and breakable that’s within my or the pets’ reach.
On those occasions I have moved those types of things to a safe location and then put them back in the original location as I am cleaning up to leave, just to make sure I don’t accidentally bump into it and break something irreplaceable!

And if, say, the bed-side table is full up, and I need a space there for my clock or glasses at night, I do the same thing… put the homeowner’s things aside for the moment, and put them back before I leave.

Have fun on your trip! :blush:


i agree with the others. we know we’re going to someone’s home, not an airbnb. I would only put away anything you don’t want seen or would be devastated if it was lost to you. Accidents unfortunately happen so if you have something particularly financially or emotionally valuable, it would make sense to protect it.


hi @Angela-CommunityManager thank you for your encouragement, i’m heading to London from Singapore, leaving my two cats to be cared for :slight_smile:


thanks all for your speedy responses, I’m glad you all are on the side of homely and comfortable. This is given me piece of mind that my approach is right :slight_smile:

Now to buy treats and essentials for their arrivals :upside_down_face:

thanks again


Hi I had an American friend when I was young and we were visiting her parents home in London. I remember watching one of the indoor cats expertly weave his way in and out of their expensive vases on the mantelpiece. Apparently he did this all the time and they didn’t bat an eyelid. Your post reminded me of this. Have a good day Caroline


Nothing to add to your question but just wanted to say that your thoughtfulness and generosity have moved you to the top of my Favourite Homeowners list. I’ve never been to Singapore and would sit for you in a heartbeat :star_struck:


Safe and happy travels @PeFreem knowing your kitties will be happy at home.

I lived on Beach Road in Singapore for almost 2 years and visited many times while I was living in Mumbai and love the city, sights, sounds, food and people.

On my first visit from Mumbai I was asked if I’d like to see the designer stores on Orchard Road, my reply was “I really want to go to a supermarket” … fresh fruit & vegetables were more of a must see and purchase than a LV Handbag :heart_eyes:

Have a wonderful time in London, stay warm and dry.


I do the same @luckycat : just to make sure not to break it by accident.
I also take pictures to make sure to put it back in the right position : this is a tip I read on this forum and I’ve never though of doing that before !! :roll_eyes: :face_with_hand_over_mouth:

Often, I “clean” (meaning I take the things to a safer place) a table or a shelf close to the entrance door, so I can leave my hand bag, my keys, my mask, my alcoholic lotion… It makes it easier for me to find these essentials I need when I leave the house. Otherwise I never remember where I put it last time I came in : I need to have a kind of routine, not to loose my stuffs !

Thank you so much @PeFreem for getting your home nice and confortable for your sitters.


Just chiming in here @PeFreem that I echo what has already been said and that for me, the “feels” of a home is part of the joy of the experience.
Best wishes!

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Now to buy treats and essentials for their arrivals

This is very generous of you, but I would encourage you to touch base with your sitter before spending too much time or money as everyone has very different ideas of what treats and essentials are. There was a thread on this and someone mentioned that they always supply bread, milk, coffee, cereal, yogurt, etc. for their sitters. They go out of their way to do it, which is very kind. For me, that would be a complete waste of time and money because I don’t eat/use any of those things. I still appreciated the thought and effort but I felt bad that it was all going to go to waste on me and I gently encouraged them to take as much as possible as a traveling snack as I really hate food waste. Others chimed in with similar but everyone seemed receptive to receiving a gift card to a local specialty shop so they could pick out some treats for themselves. :slight_smile: Really though, either way is quite kind and will be appreciated.