The longer you host, the more you learn about what you need to make clearer for guests. This is particularly true of actions that are done differently in different countries, such as recycling. You may have realised after one group of guests that you need to make a sign to specify what can or can’t be recycled, or, following a plumbing issue, you may have made a sign for the bathroom explaining what can be flushed down the toilet.
Have you put signs in your house for your guests ? What are they for?
If you have any examples that you’ve made and are happy to share, please do! Other hosts might find them useful :)
We hosted for three years and had zero problems, this summer we have had issue after issue after issue. So, we are (today) putting up signs. I have done two things. I have put up a bulletin board in the mudroom with laminated copy of the house rules and I have put up two signs in the area where we seem to be having the most difficulties.
Not sure if they will work! Fingers crossed
I try to keep it minimal because nobody likes signs everywhere.
I found these necessary.
The operation instructions of the laundry and dryer. They are made in Germany, for the internal market. Also I put a non-smoking sign.
Fortunately, the waste sorting program is active only for some distant neighborhoods. In the city center the beggars do this job- 1kg plastic bottles is more expensive then 1 kg scrap metal. Everything made of plastic, metal, glass or paper disappears from the waste containers almost immediately.
@StephanieWe have two signs. One that says no smoking on the entrance door and one that says exit on the fire escape door. Other than that we have had some pretty crazy things done by guests that if we left a sign for im pretty sure it would turn off future guests such as...please don’t bale out the toilet you just plugged with the popcorn bowl from the kitchen cupboard! That actually happened last month. Some people are disgusting and shouldn’t be allowed to leave their home.
We have three notes:
-a simple "how to" for the remote control in a dollar store stand up picture frame placed next to the tv
-a quick note in the bathroom to remind guests to use the exhaust fan whenever the shower is running
-an info sheet in a magnetic sleeve posted on the fridge (attached photo - sorry it's sideways....).
@Allison2 Thanks! It’s actually an old version of our info sheet and we now have new WiFi info... but if a host wants to come to KC and sit outside and try to use our old WiFi, they are welcome to give it a try! ;)
Notes in a stand-up frame on the bathroom counter noting that I'm on a private septic and what can and can't be flushed. Also that water supply is limited, so please don't waste it (if it's yellow...).
Other than that, no notes or signs, as I host in my home, and always here to meet and greet the guests and show them where everything is, no self-check-in, no washing machine usage. I figure everyone knows how to use a toaster or a blender :-) If not, as @Thomas1033 said, they should never leave home.
I did once have the girl who had long-term rented a little cabin next to me that I look after for the owner, decide that the veggie crisper bin from the brand new fridge made a great dog water bowl :-(
I have a welcome book with interesting things to do, a few ( reasonable) house rules and how to use some things. Also have a label maker to mark what light switches go to what, what button to push on dishwasher and what to add to recycling....
I have a little clipboard in the room with a free appetizer/dessert card from a local restaurant, the wifi password, and a note that says, "When in doubt, refer to rule #1 in the House Manual!" I'm hoping they become curious and actually open up the house manual and rules where they will see that Rule #1 is "Have fun."
I have a framed note in the bathroom indicating they can message me at anytime if they need extra supplies or anything else and a note with instructions for the coffee maker in the kitchen.
To the ones that are not used to it, it may sound like the Formula1 of the toilets ! :)
I have used a toilet similar to this one just one time. Anyway It was possible to use it in the traditional way. All have to do it was to press the flush button when I finished.
They should also put a seat belt! It would prevents the person being frightened by the water jet and falling from the toilet :)