We live in a 31 foot, 20 year old Class A motor home, with NO slide. We don't have friends over much. For obvious reasons. When we do, we typically invite one or two people at a time. Today we were planning to have 3 families over...at the same time! What was I thinking?
Believe it or not, I did not freak out. I am beginning to realize that my home is not going to look perfect when I invite people over. We do have a bit of clutter...a.k.a. necessities...that we just can't find a good hiding place for.
Oh, sure we could store them in the storage units under the camper, but it really is a pain to head outside, unlock the storage unit, dig through the boxes, just to retrieve the math book. No, my children have been known to beg off school work at less.
So, I've resigned myself to the fact that to live practically, there are going to be a few...um...dozen books here and there. And a few extra blankets, after all, it is January and it does get a bit nippy at night. Oh, and there are a few pairs of shoes loitering near the front door because...well...I just haven't figured out what to do with those yet.
And then there's...OK...I'll stop. You get the picture. Our house isn't perfect. But you know what? When we had a stick house or in our case, brick and mortar house, I still found excuses not to have people over. It wasn't tidy enough, the bathroom wasn't finished, my couch wasn't new, I was planning to repaint, you name it, I thought of it and as a result when we found out we'd be moving there were many people that I had always planned to welcome into my home that I just never invited because things weren't perfect enough. And I missed out. So, I've learned.
My home may not be ideal, it may not be perfect, but this is my life. Do my friends really care? Are they coming over to sit on my couch because it's new? Are they coming over to gaze at my freshly painted walls? No. My friends are coming to visit with me. And if they are upset that things are a bit cluttered, I guess they'll just have to invite me to their clutter-free home next time. But somehow I don't think they mind. And the kids? They want to live here!
How about you, do you enjoy entertaining friends in your home? If not, what's holding you back?