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.)