My husband and I are very social…at least when it comes to hosting people in our home.
Every Sunday night we host a small group from our church and some other time during the week we have dinner with friends or a family get-together. Sometimes I wonder what our neighbors think we’re up to with the steady stream of vehicles lining the road!
One of the secret reasons we loving having people over is that we’re both natural homebodies. The always present conflict of staying home verses hanging out is solved when we combine the two!
Of course the main reason we host guests in our home is that we genuinely love people. We laugh. We learn. We grow. We listen. We share. We have fun!
But the extra benefit of inviting people over often is kind of superficial. Of course it’s also one that helps keep me sane. When we know guests are coming over to our home….we clean!
Sometimes it’s a speed clean. Sometimes it’s a deep clean. Sometimes we even fake it by throwing everything in a closet. But every single time we plan for friends or family to join us in our home, part of our house gets a tad cleaner.
With 2 kiddos (an a naturally messy mommy) our house can go to spotless to disaster in 2 seconds flat. So starting the week with a clean (or semi-clean) home encourages me to actually keep the house neat so I don’t have to run around like a chicken with my head cut off for the next gathering. It encourages me to follow a cleaning routine. It makes me at least want to put that load of laundry in the washing machine each morning, make up the bed every day, and clean the kitchen every night.
Being hospitable allows me to have fun with friends and family, but it also keeps my house clean. It’s an unintended, but very beneficial, benefit of being hospitable.
What about you? Does the cleanliness of your home affect how hospitable you are? Does your hospitality affect the cleanliness of your home?