An excerpt from an old forum post:
I’ve seen a fair number of B&B’s up close and I see a lot more of them through building or reviewing websites and it never ceases to amaze me that so many innkeepers consider decorative clutter to be an amenity that guests are looking for.
I have seen far too many guest rooms where every horizontal space is covered with knick-knacks, cutsey dolls, carvings, toys, fake deserts, and other completely useless decorations. They are apparently meant to make the room feel lived in, but it backfires completely when there is no place for guests to put their own belongings. By my way of thinking, a guest can’t feel comfortable if they have no place to unpack their suitcase(s) and settle in.
I’d like to help break this urge that so many innkeepers have to clutter up guest rooms, but I don’t understand the mentality. Is there some reason I am missing as to why bedroom should have every horizontal surface cluttered?