Fact: If you wait to invite people over until your house is perfectly spotless and everything is exactly as you would like it, you will live a very lonely life. Having guests, in spite of our flaws and those of the spaces we live in, is worth it. It gives texture to our lives and creates intimacy and immediacy in our relationships.
Plus, your guests aren’t perfect either. They too pile up their magazines, or have a collection of shoes by the door. They too could spend more time doing any number of tasks to make their own homes cleaner or more beautiful.
But while there’s lots to be said for down-to-earth hospitality, the kind where we give ourselves permission to not try and portray some perfect version of ourselves, having houseguests does call for a little effort. Some hospitality is expected to give your guests a warm and inviting impression of the space where we live.
Here is your (easy) four-step game plan.