Why I’m a Little Less Reluctant: Housekeeping, Hospitality and a Giveaway.

by Kimba on April 14, 2011

in Cleaning Stuff,Entertaining,Faith and Family,giveaways

For me, housekeeping and hospitality go hand-in-hand. Why?

Because if my house looks like this…

Actual, un-retouched photo

I don’t want to entertain. And if I don’t have plans to entertain, I’m not as motivated to keep the house all cleaned up. See? It’s all wrapped up together. So what’s the solution to this pickle and my #1 housekeeping/hospitality tip?

Make a commitment to entertain in your home on a regular basis. And by regular, I mean weekly or bi-weekly. Once a month doesn’t cut it.

I have found that knowing my dear friend is coming over every Tuesday for lunch and fellowship helps me keep my housekeeping mojo going throughout the week. I really don’t want Monday nights to be a spastic clean-up frenzy that leaves me annoyed and tired.

And entertaining regularly…even in a small way…helps me feel more comfortable opening my home. I’m more relaxed and willing to overlook my own imperfections when I stay in the hospitality groove. See? Housekeeping helps me with my hospitality and hospitality helps me with my housekeeping!

I am not exaggerating when I tell you that one of the main reasons that I’m inspired to entertain more often and open my home more frequently is because I’ve gotten to know Sandy from Reluctant Entertainer. On her blog, Sandy shares her powerful message that “true hospitality is not about being perfect, cooking a fancy meal, or spending a lot of money. Rather, it’s about an open door and an open heart.”

Amen and amen.

Have you gotten your hands on Sandy’s book, The Reluctant Entertainer? If not, you’re missing out on some serious encouragement on the topics of hospitality, entertaining and pure grace. Sandy has helped me get over myself and see the blessings that flow when I’m open with my home. It’s all about deep connections and meaningful relationships.

So today, we’re giving away 2 copies of The Reluctant Entertainer to 2 winners. (That’s 1 book per winner.) The Reluctant Entertainer is full of encouragement to break free of your misconceptions of entertaining. And there are tons of recipes that us mere mortals can handle! I know that once you get your hot little hands on this incredible book, you’ll be inspired.

If you want to buy your own copy, you can pick up The Reluctant Entertainer on Amazon.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. It can be as simple as saying, “I’m a reluctant entertainer!” But if you want to share why you’re reluctant, we’d love to read it.

You can also tweet, facebook or blog about this giveaway and leave another comment for extra entries.

Super-duper bonus entry if you can tell me what color the plastic Easter egg is in that top picture! (Leave a separate comment for this.)

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{ 440 comments }

1 Beth April 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I am also a reluctant entertainer because I work every other weekend. I am always afraid to add the stress of having people over to the weekends that I am at home.
I see a PINK easter egg on your table!

2 Rachel Brosnahan April 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I’m a bit reluctant to entertain because the house that we rent at the moment needs some TLC.
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3 Rachel Brosnahan April 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I think the Easter egg is pink, though my monitor color and lighting is a little off so it could be red.
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4 punkinmama April 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I really need a copy of this book! I am definitely a reluctant entertainer – mostly because of the piles of stuff that tends to accumulate easily!
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5 punkinmama April 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm

The egg is bright pink! (Or Magenta according to Punkin!)
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6 Rachel Wright April 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I’m a reluctant entertainer because I’m afraid I’m going to be the doofus who leaves my guests hanging….like with a plate of food and no fork! That egg is SO pink!

7 Traci April 18, 2011 at 8:35 pm

The egg color is pink! And I would love to learn to be a better entertainer.

8 Ruth Hill April 19, 2011 at 1:00 am

This sounds fantastic! I am always on the look-our for new cookbooks. Thanks for the giveaway!
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9 Ruth Hill April 19, 2011 at 1:12 am
10 Ruth April 19, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I would like to be less reluctant!

11 Rhonda April 19, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Hi. Your egg is bright pink. Happy Easter.

12 Rhonda April 19, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I would love to be more comfortable opening my home for entertaining. This book sounds like a huge help.

13 CJ April 21, 2011 at 10:48 am

I see a pink egg. I’m a reluctant entertainer because I think my home should be perfect when it’s not.

14 Brittany April 21, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I reluctantly entertained yesterday. A friend and her three little girls came over and I had dishes in the sink and my carpet shampooer was still out. That turned out to be helpful when one of the kids peed on the carpet though because I had it ready and waiting! The dishes, well, she’s a close enough friend that I didn’t care and I’m sure she hardly even noticed :)

15 kk April 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

I soooo need this book.

16 kk April 23, 2011 at 10:57 am

The egg is pink.

17 Rachael May 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm

But just how does one get over one’s self? I like how you said that because it resonated with me. I never entertain and I think it might be because I think everything will be inferior. Everyone else is so much more creative, seems to have so many good, original ideas, and what if no one likes what I cook or what we serve to drink? I’m always afraid of not serving their needs or making them happy , basically making the time being spent at my house just a pain in the neck that was wasted by otherwise very busy people. I don’t want to be a burden.

18 Rachael May 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm

The egg was pink in your first picture…and the scene looked just like mine except for my pile of mail. Oh, what to do with the mail!!! :(

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