From a combination of work and leisure trips, I’m well on my way to spending more nights in hotels this year than ever before. Staying away from home so much has led me to try and make my hotel room feel more “homey”. I’ll unpack things right away, keep my stuff organized instead of just throwing it all over the room, as well as bring more toiletries than I used to carry with me.
The last one of those is due to me never being sure if the hotel I’m staying at will have individually sized or bulk dispensers of soap and shampoo. Therefore, I’m more likely to bring my own items from home, including bringing my own small soaps with me from my vast collection.
This brings me to my most recent travel pet peeve.
Could the hotel housekeeping staff please stop re-arranging my toiletries!!!
If you haven’t figured out by now, I like to keep things organized. It keeps me happy. I’m not over the top about it but small things, like stacking my change by coin type, give me some sense of order. It’s one of my strange travel quirks.
In the bathroom, I also keep things organized by category:
- Toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash
- Razor and shaving cream
- Brush and deodorant (the two last things I use)
- Random items off to the side
That’s how I left the room yesterday. Here’s what I looked like when I returned:
OK, so you moved everything around. Maybe you needed to clean the counter and if so, thank you. But the item placement has me totally confused. I can get the nail clippers next to the razor as grooming products but why put the toothbrush cover in a prominent space? I had nothing on the shelf so why move the shave cream, brush and deodorant there?
The final thing is that when I left the room, all of the items were on the right side of the sink. Moving them to the left side doesn’t bother me but if you’re moving them, could you just mirror where they were on the other side.
I’m spending way too much time trying to figure out the thought process behind this action. There was most likely no thought given to the placement of the items, just wanting to present them in a neat manner. If so, who does that?
Time to stop obsessing over this and get out of the hotel room to enjoy the day.
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