Q: I’m staying with a cousin for a week, and I would like to be a hassle-free houseguest. I know I should make my bed each day, but at the end of my visit, should strip the bedding or leave it on?
A: Why don’t you simply ask her what she’d like you to do with the sheets? If she wants you to remove them, offer to remake the bed with fresh linens and bring the used ones to the laundry room. If you don’t feel comfortable asking, you can remake the bed with the sheets. Cover the mattress with just the bedspread and pillows, and place the neatly folded bed-clothes at the foot of the bed. Either way, by your being such a considerate guest, your cousin is sure to invite you back again.