A host mom sent me a few photos of her au pair’s bedroom (taken with the au pair’s permission). The host mom was agonizing, because the room was a freaking mess.
This family’s au pair was following the two most important bedroom-related rules: No dirty dishes and no candles/incense. But otherwise the place was a disaster.
What I don’t see won’t kill me.
Like many host moms, I have a rule about my au pair’s bedroom– I don’t go in there unless there is some kind of house-related issue that verges on an emergency.
[ fyi: Emergencies have included: when the air conditioner is left on high when she goes out for the day, when the windows are left open and there is a rainstorm, or when I trip the electrical circuit by using my hairdryer and the window a.c. unit at the same time and need to turn everything off before I reset the circuit. Other than that I just don’t go in there.]
Since the au pair’s room is on the third floor, the only time I walk by is on the way to the attic storage room, and even then I try not to look in if the door is open. Frankly, I just don’t want to know.
So, you’ d think that if we host parents rarely go into the au pair room, that we really don’t care how messy it is….?
If your au pair’s room is too messy for you to take, what do you do about that?
Share your tips!