Hosting burnout seems to be a recurring theme right now for many of us, myself included. Maybe we’ll all feel a little better if we grouse about it with each other, knowing we’re not alone! And who knows, maybe some good ideas will be exchanged in terms of how to deal!
I honestly don’t know how some hosts do this year round. Thank goodness our season is starting to wind down. Please, don’t get me wrong. I understand this is a job, like many others, and there is a reason why it’s called “work”. I am grateful for the opportunity and the income. And I still enjoy many of my guests and enjoy putting smiles on theirs faces. But I think the unique aspect of having strangers in your space can make this “work” especially trying after awhile, especially when you factor in the less than stellar guests.
We’ve had people in our house constantly for 3+ months and I’m starting to lose my mind. LOL! Despite the fact I basically invited them here, I am harboring this desire to have an Amityville Horror type thing, where a scary voice in the middle of the night tells them all to “GET OUT!”
The things that are starting to wear on me:
- The laundry. OMG, the sheer amount of LAUNDRY!
- The stains! I really don’t care what people do in private, but I wish I could spy on them just to see what it is they do to create all these stains! In weird places! That won’t come out!
- The constant cleaning.
- The lack of communication in terms of arrival time.
- The lack of privacy in my own home.
- Getting up at the crack of dawn and tiptoeing around to set breakfast out.
- People’s lack of ability to figure out the simplest things in terms of lights, TV’s, blinds and so on.
- Guest’s total disregard in terms of energy conservation.
- Guest’s using my trash bins to clean 3 week’s worth of trash out of their cars. Seriously, for some reason this happens a lot!
- Overall strange behavior. As an example, the guests who left yesterday took all the snacks I provide (2 bags of Veggie Fries and 2 Fiber One Brownies) and threw them, unopened, into the trash.