When Leaving

There are certain protocols for leaving an Airbnb that should be headed if you plan on using Airbnb again. Some hosts request certain specific things such as not leaving any opened perish-able foods in the fridge or specify where they would like you to leave the dirty towels. Other things aren’t so black and white, so here is a list of items I have found the hosts to especially appreciate coming home to after we have left:

  1. Clean up the kitchen. Wash any dirty dishes, dry them, and put them away. Wipe down the counters and if there is a broom lying around, sweep the floor. If there is a dishwasher, I will wait until just before we leave to turn it on unless the hosts specify that the dishwasher needs to be emptied.
  2. Tidy up the living areas. Put the pillows back on the couch, straiten the area rugs, if there is a broom, sweep the un-carpeted areas.
  3. Empty the garbages.
  4. Straiten up the beds. I used to strip the beds, but after seeing how gross some of the mattresses are under those sheets…I decided I would just straiten the beds up.
  5. Take all the dirty towels and bath rugs and put them in one place–usually the kitchen or a bathroom.

All in all–this usually takes us about 20 minutes. I find that the hosts genuinely appreciate us leaving their homes looking decent and not like a hurricane hit it.


Author: Jennie.Denney

Jennie lives in Southern California with her husband and four children. She loves to travel, write poetry, and be by the water. She received a certificate of the Bible through Torchbearers Bible School, attended Hope International University for her undergrad, received a certificate in Spiritual Formation through the Apprentice Experience at Friends University, and a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies. She has written Soul Cries: A Book of Poems, Soul Cries: A Journal, and her newest book is Shaping the Soul: An Artist Collective. She owns and manages www.jenniedenney.com, where she writes a weekly blog with stories, practices, and lessons she is learning, to help her readers know they are not alone in their own becoming and encouraging them to connect with God. Follow her on IG @jennie.denney and Pinterest @jenniferpdenney.

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