Most people say that the best part of entertaining is connection.
I’d give a hearty amen to that!
So why do we stress over things like these?
• Will they like what I am serving?
• Can we keep the conversation going?
• Will they look in my messy bedroom, laundry room or … (gasp!) check out my cluttered refrigerator?
Getting ready for entertaining this past weekend, we invited long-time friends over for dinner. Simple menu planned! Check! Delegation – our guests brought dessert! Check!
Abby caught me up on ironing. Check!
We set a simple table. Check!
Only flowers in bloom in our yard (crocus!) Check!
Clean off your fridge
My house did not get cleaned to perfection, but one thing I did do – because it was driving me crazy since Christmas – was I cleaned off the front and top of my refrigerator.
The piles on top looked like this
With a cluttered after-Christmas look here
Freshen it up
One way to make your kitchen cleaner and fresher is to clear off the front of your refrigerator! And in my case, the top! The top of my fridge is a dumping spot for kids’ papers I want to save.
Much better (fly swatter’s home)
One prized piece of kids’ artwork
My kitchen shined
I was amazed. When the company came, my dinner was prepared, and my kitchen was cleaned up – it did shine and it even seemed bigger!
More than my fridge
Of course what happened around the table that night – conversation and reminiscing (my friend Karen and I were childhood friends!) – was the most memorable part of the evening.
Entertaining is not about impressing at all – and even if the clutter had stayed on my fridge, or the mess had been left on top, the dinner wouldn’t have been any different.
Who cares about the details of my mess!
What simple change do you think would help your kitchen feel roomier?
Visit my friend, The Nester, and see what she says about cleaning up your kitchen!
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