Saturday, October 17, 2009
Treating Home like a Bed & Breakfast
I value finding meaning and beauty and inspiration in my daily housework. When you reduce homemaking to simply "chores"...endless cleaning, laundry, and organizing...it can easily move from being meaningful to being drudgery or duty. Nothing is worse than feeling like a mere maid in your own home. But when I treat my home like it's a "Bed and Breakfast" , then decorating and organizing and cleaning can become fun, creative, and meaningful. Having a Bed and Breakfast mentality moves me from thinking I am a mere maid to living as a Hospitable Hostess!
How can we begin to live this way with limited time or limited resources (whether that be money or energy or creativity)?
The first step costs nothing and require no resources. It's simply to change your thinking. Begin to view your home as a lovely Bed and Breakfast. A place of hospitality and beauty. A haven of rest and peace. Walk through your home with an eye towards simplicity, beauty, order, and welcome. Think through the aspects of what draws you towards the thought of going to a Bed and Breakfast and maybe jot down some of those ideas or concepts.
Altering your homemaking mindset from domestic duty to domestic hospitality will give you a framework to begin making small adjustments and changes in your home...and you will be really excited to live and be there because your creativity begins to come alive which nurtures you and the small touches that you implement nurture your family and friends.
This week I am going to share small and simple ways to make your home feel more like a Bed and Breakfast...a warm and inviting space where you, your family, and your friends want to be. A place where everyone (including you!) feels nurtured and cared for. A place with intentional spots of comfort, beauty, and rest.
And do please share your own ideas of how you do this in your own homes. Let's inspire one another to a greater love of home, service, and hospitality!
photo by tengtan