You don’t have to have a perfect home to show hospitality. This is how to show hospitality without a perfect home and still enjoy every moment!
My home is far from perfect. There are still boxes laying around from moving, very little on the walls, and laundry baskets are serving as our dressers. It would be so easy to avoid having guests over but good hospitality isn’t about a perfect home, it’s about relationships and making your guests feel welcome!
Hospitality seems to be a bit of a lost art. The concept seems to strike fear in some people’s hearts. This shouldn’t be the case though. I’ve felt very welcome in many homes that were cluttered and not in perfect shape and I’ve felt not very welcome in perfect, clean homes.
With all we have going on around here I could make so many excuses for why I don’t want to have people over. However, since my home will never be perfect my excuses would just keep going and we’d never have guests.
Our first guests in our new home were some friends of ours. We had gone out to dinner and they came over to see the home after. We hadn’t moved in yet, I was still cleaning and we were moving the furniture left behind out. My husband and our friend moved a few heavy pieces out and then we all sat at the kitchen table. We had some glasses, water, and liquor in the home, that’s it, but they were both happy to sit and chat with us. We had a lovely time in our almost empty, new, not totally clean home.
We’ve had other guests over since and not one person has complained or seemed unhappy to be over while our house is not totally finished. They have all been excited for us and our new home. I would hate to have missed out on these moments because I stressed about having a perfect home first.
I’ve learned some simple ways to show hospitality over the years, largely from watching my own mother.
How to Show Hospitality Without a Perfect Home
- Keep your home in good shape, whenever possible. Being able to welcome surprise guests into your home without feeling embarrassed is a wonderful feeling. I like to pick up once during the day and quickly before bed. This keeps things in good shape. It’s not perfect but it’s acceptable with this amount of effort.
- When you have advance notice do a bit of extra tidying. A quick vacuuming, we love our Dyson cord-free vacuum for this, and fluffed pillows can do wonders for making your home look nice and clean.
- Have some welcoming touches. Pretty and clean dishtowels and hand towels, fresh flowers from your yard, and a lighting couple of candles are a few little touches that can make your home feel more welcoming.
- Have something to offer your guests. Assuming your guests are not coming over for a meal, it’s nice to have something to drink and a little snack to offer. I like to make a pitcher of iced tea and have a few fresh baked cookies to offer. You can make this very easy by keeping some pre-made cookie dough in your freezer, pull out a few and make before your guests arrive. This has the added benefit of making your home smell like cookies, what is more, welcoming than that? If you aren’t a baker a few store-bought snacks or fruit are also nice treats to offer your guests.
- Remember it’s not about your home. This is the most important thing to remember, your guests are there for you, not your home. Don’t let yourself stress over trying to make your home Pinterest worthy. Be a kind and welcoming host and your guests will have a wonderful time.
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Another bonus to practicing hospitality, having guests over is a great way to motivate yourself to clean! One of my big goals right now is to get into good habits so my home is always in order and ready for guests. Practicing hospitality should not only help make your guests happy but also make you feel happy as well.