Today has been a challenge to my sanity (oh shut up!), and it’s days like this that reinforce a growing concern. As you boogle through our day, we sometimes run into many situations we’d rather not have to, but must face them anyway, and because these situations are potentially stressful, we greet them at the door with a hearty “Welcome to the Compartment Department! Please allow me to direct you to the hole where you will be staying.”
Then once sequestered therein, we bung along with our lives until we meet more stress, (“Hi, I’m A Stressful Situation. I’d like your undivided attention or a room please. NOW!”) And we end up running the Headspace Bed & Breakfast for Stress, dashing from room to room….making sure each client is tucked in, quiet, with the door locked, with the neighbors not making any problems, and we zip about like a Hamster on crack in a plastic ball.
Everything is well in hand….and we are able to fool the world by appearing calm on the outside, while inside the noggin, we’ve gone from checking on our tenants (yes, they are tenants now) with a skateboard, to zipping about door-to-door on a motorcycle, to scooting about trying to catch one tenant who figured out how to escape and is now screaming naked down the hallway, down the stairs, and through the lobby toward your voice (which you suddenly realize is the one screaming).
Don’t get me wrong, compartmentalizing is quite a good coping method for the short term. But in the longer term, not so much. When guests turn into tenants they tend to demand more attention and have higher expectations. You are expected to be at their beck and call and they can keep you sleepless, weary, irritable, and even perpetually exhausted. At a Bed & Breakfast, guests are encouraged to make themselves comfortable, enjoy the amenities, have a bit of sleep, enjoy the complimentary hors d’0euvres, and get the hell out! HOWEVER….one difference between a regular B&B and the Headspace Rooms for Rent, is that a regular B&B gets cleaned out regularly.
If you are going to compartmentalize, make sure to air out the rooms once in a while and keep guest, not tenants!