“I would love to be that woman whose house is always ready for company. That would make me feel like I had it all together.”
I’ll never forget hearing one of my co-workers make that statement years ago. Several of us were sharing conversation over lunch, and somehow this became the topic.
I remember one lady being almost embarrassed to admit that her house was pretty much company ready all the time. Another lady defended her messy house with the reasoning that having children makes a tidy house impossible.
I thought to myself, “If I’m not that woman, I want to be!” What about you? Do you want to be that woman?
My standard for a house that is “ready for company” is:
- Clean bathroom – plenty of toilet paper
- Organized laundry room – more clean clothes put away in bedrooms than dirty clothes piled on the floor
- Tidy bedroom – bed made, clothes put away and not falling out of the closet
- Clean kitchen – no dishes in the sink or dish drainer, clean countertops and a plate of baked goods or snacks
- Tidy living room – pillows straightened, rug vacuumed, no cat hair on the chairs
Aren’t these similar to the things you’d do when company is coming? We want people to feel comfortable, to not be put in awkward situations, and to have their needs met while in our homes. That’s why we clean the kitchen, put away laundry, stock the toilet paper and provide tasty treats.
Don’t we want the same things for our families?
I want my house to always be “ready for company” because my family is more important than company! Currently my husband is the only other person in my home, so here are a few ways I do that for him:
- I want my husband to feel comfortable in our home, so I make sure there’s room for his airpods and night time reading in his night stand.
- I don’t want my husband to be put in awkward or unpleasant situations in our home, so I empty the bathroom trash can frequently during a certain time of the month.
- I want my husband to have his needs met in our home, so I plan meals that he will enjoy. I make sure the kitchen is stocked with a few snacks and the breakfast foods he likes. I try to keep his work clothes clean and put away.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor. Romans 12:10
If my house is “always ready for company,” it’s not because I have something to prove or because I possess super powers. It’s because I’ve chosen to give preference to my family and the place they call home. That’s why I strive to be that woman.
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12 thoughts on “Why I Am Always Ready for Company”
I’m with you – we are always picking up after ourselves so that if we happen to have friends or family stop by, we are pretty close to being ready. The kids are pretty good helpers after lots of practice and then I do a final tidy up before I relax at the end of the night. It feels so good to go to bed and know that you will wake up to a tidy house 🙂
Little tidy sessions all day long make such a difference! There’s nothing better than waking up to a tidy house, that’s for sure.
I love the question you posed about wanting the same thing for our families as we do for company!
Thanks, Dorothy! It certainly helps our perspective.
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It does indeed!
I would love to get my house to this point. 🙂 Your home is lovely.
You can do it, Erika! It just takes little steps every day. I have to work on it constantly, too. 🙂
Beautiful post! I loved it.
Thank you, Kristen!
Hi! How do you keep your cats from shredding your furniture! I need tips! 😀
That’s a tricky one! My cats prefer scratching on wood surfaces (especially door frames), but they are not allowed on the upholstered chairs. I chose a leather couch because it’s better at hiding claw marks – even if it’s just a little snag from them jumping up or getting down. I also try to have lots of little rugs around the house where they can sharpen their claws. When I see them using the rug or their scratching pad, I make sure to tell them “good kitty!” for a little positive reinforcement. It’s a struggle for sure!
A few years ago, we invested in a cat tree with carpet on the poles. Our cats love to lounge on the different levels and have been good about scratching there. ( Later, we added a cat tree in the basement that has rope wrapped around the poles. They like that one too.)
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