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Learn2 Be a Gracious Houseguest (continued)
Step 3: Stay out of the way

When you're invited into people's homes, remember that you're entering their castle... their refuge... their inner sanctum, so you should try to make your presence as unobtrusive as possible.

Most homes have an elaborate set of unspoken rules about bedtime, noise levels, neatness, bathroom access, midnight snacking, and so forth. Do your best not to disrupt this regular functioning, and tune into its silent rhythms. Be especially aware at the morning bathroom rush, during meal preparation (too many cooks spoil the broth), and at bedtime.

On the other hand, it's not your duty to disappear altogether. Any good host will want you to be comfortable and feel a certain degree of liberty while you're in their home, and if you're walking on egg shells, you'll make everyone uncomfortable.

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Step 1: Bear gifts
Step 2: Offer to help
Step 3: Stay out of the way
Step 4: Clean up after yourself
Step 5: Send a thank you note

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