Welcome to week 12 of the 12 Week Home Organization Overhaul. It’s “Late-Start Monday” 🙂 Today, has been a crazy day. But it has been a good day! I spent all day Friday and Saturday at a Christian Writer’s Conference and it was so good! It was a great time of reflection of who God called me to be and to do. Although, my brain still seems like it needs to sort through all the information I learned.
Now that we are on the last week, I want to talk about some important things. Our homes have been transformed into a blessing to our family. A place to refuel, relax, and take refuge from the outside world. We want to shift our thinking now to the outside world. We want to be a retreat of hospitality to our friends and family. In Romans 12:13 it states, “Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” We want to be hospitable people.
Let’s talk about 2 different types of guests. We have your expected guests that call in advance and set everything up with you. We also have our unexpected guests. Did your heart rate raise a bit with that second one? I know what you are thinking! I. Have. Been. There. Total chaos is breaking out as you hear the front door. But, we want drop in guest. Trust me. We do.
The Expected Guest
Try to think of your guest quarters as a hotel or bed and breakfast. How can you bless your guest?
- Have fresh, clean, nice comfy linens. (It is a thoughtful thing to wash right before their arrival.)
- Perfect Pillows. You know the one’s not too flat, not too fluffy. And plenty of them.
- Stock room with Kleenex, a pitcher of water and glasses, goody basket full of treats, an alarm clock, and a reading lamp.
- A separate basket for extra toiletries. If you have an separate bathroom, make sure you are well stocked with fresh towels.
- Make sure the closet is clean and there is room for them to hang their items.
- Be prepared! Everything should be prepared before the guests arrive.
- Clean all the rooms your guest will be in. (Bathrooms, Dining Room, Kitchen, Living Room)
- Fresh flowers are a welcoming touch.
- Table set and ready to go.
- Use the good dishes.
- All dishes for preparation washed.
- Good smells by the entry door.
- Soft classical music playing in the background.
- Set a welcoming and peaceful mood for your guests.
The Unexpected Guest
Always. Always. Always encourage drop ins! It does not matter what your home looks like! Just Do It!
- Always have something to offer (ie. tea, coffee, muffins)
- Do not apologize for a messy house. I know it is the natural thing to do, but DON’T! It actually brings more attention to your mess.
- If you have young children, have a special tub of toys that only comes out with guests. This helps keep their attention.
- Be in the conversation. Don’t be thinking about what you should be doing. Make your guest the center of your attention.
- Listen Well!
Having guests in your home can be such a blessing to both you and your friends! God wants us to be in relationship with one another. It can be so enjoyable. I encourage you, now that your homes have been transformed to step out of your comfort zone and be hospitable. You can do it!
Blessings to you as you are blessing others!