We have all been spending lots of time in our homes lately. It’s easy to neglect things because you no longer see them as visitors do. So this post is an encouragement to look at your home with fresh eyes.
I’m taking part in an Instagram challenge this month sponsored by the Come Home For Comfort blog. You can follow along using hashtag #happyhomemaker2020. Whitney is encouraging us to submit photos of our everyday lives as seen through the lens of our home. I love challenges like these because it gives me fresh eyes to see areas in my home that I love, as well as areas in need of improvement.
When guests arrive to stay in our home we like to think of little things to make them feel welcome. Here are some of the most appreciated things we’ve done shared by our guests.
- Print a photo of them from one of their social media pages and frame it to display on their nightstand. Hint: If they’ve shared it on social media chances are they love this photo.
- Write a personalized welcome message on a framed, matted picture in the room.
- Buy the highest quality bed linens your budget will allow.
- Make a basket of their favorite snacks and drinks and set up on the dresser of their room. You can even include toiletries they may have forgotten like a toothbrush, tooth paste, shampoo, conditioner or soap.
- Have comfortable seating areas available for them to use their computers.
- Leave a basket of fresh fruit and water bottles in the kitchen for them to help themselves in the morning.
I know right now there isn’t much opportunity for hospitality. But this is the perfect time to work on making your home ready for when this pandemic has ended. The Bible says many have entertained angels while unaware. Wow! Just think…Hospitality is a way we can share love with others all with a view of blessing them and building them up.
Lastly, we encourage you to provide a guest book for your visitors to sign. I like to keep the photo I printed of them and place it in the back of our guest book. Over the years our guest book has become a special momento of hospitality shared for the good of others. And you know what? Tom and I have received much more than we have given by opening our home and heart to others.
Date Night Prompt: Talk about the importance of hospitality and how you can make this a part of your life. Reflect on times when you have welcomed others into your home. What did you hear from them that made their stay special? What could you do to make your home more inviting?