Hosting has really suggested that common sense may be cultural and generational. What is “common sense” to you that guests seem to struggle with?
At my place, it is folding down the hide-a-bed. So many of my guests just sleep on the couch (I worry about it getting stained), I may make some “photo instructions” on how to set up the hide-a-bed. Step 1: take off the cushions. Step 2: pull the handle. Step 3: add bedding.
The other one is opening and closing the garage door. My entry is through the garage, so I give guests a keychain-sized garage door opener. It only has one button, so easy enough, right? Instead of pushing the button once and letting the door open or close completely, they repeatedly push the button, stopping and starting the garage door. Up a few feet! Down a few feet! The garage door is below my bedroom so I get to hear the struggle.
My first reaction is, “How are people so sheltered?” Then I remind myself, perhaps guests have never seen a hide-a-bed before, or have always lived in apartments and never have opened a garage before! Thank goodness the power hasn’t gone out; they’d never figure out to pull the bright orange handle dangling in the middle of the garage to manually release the door!