Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Tradition of Opening Your Home

I came across this little tidbit from Joanna Zucker, author of Millennium Mom. She talked about bring character into our homes to give it an open and welcome feeling. She said the following about Bringing Back Casual Visits.

"These days, our homes are much different from those that we grew up in. They may look different, but more importantly they are not as “open” as they were in the past. Think about when the last time was that you had someone ring your doorbell unexpectedly, just to say hello. This just doesn’t happen nearly as often as it used to. Gone are the days when grandma or grandpa, an aunt or uncle, or even a neighbor would stop by just to check in or have coffee, which then turned into a casual dinner invitation.

Personally, I loved those visits and still do as an adult. They’re more casual and filled with great conversation, rather than weeks of planning and cleaning. If you are like me and want to bring the socializing back, I recommend a few easy tips."

  • Staying tidy and organized - I like this one because it doesn't say we have to have a spotless house. It simply means to keep our homes tidy and picked up in away that won't stress us out if the unexpected (and welcomed) guest drops by.
  • Easy Recipes - She suggests always having a few favorite EASY recipes on hand along with the ingredients so if your guest stays for a bit you can have something yummy to share to make the stay more inviting.
  • Bring in the Season - These are her words exactly... LOVE these ideas! "Place seasonal decorations around your home to give it visual character. To save money, buy a door hanger, hand towels and other items on clearance after the holidays to prepare for the next year. Also, use nature when you can. Place leaves in a variety of colors in a clear vase for the fall, pine cones in the winter, fresh flowers from a shrub or tree in the spring or summer."
I too love casual visits. I'm learning to love them again and welcome them too. Slowing down life is a part of the "casual visit". In my quest to find my personal Peace, this fits right in to the plan. Take the time to drop by someones house to just say hello or even better create a welcoming space in your home and let the casual visits begin. ♥

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6 comments:

Janelle said...

I love this...love the feeling of a comfy home, and casual visits! We come from a big family, so you never know who's gonna stop by and of course we gotta have some food on hand because they WILL be hungry!

Marie said...

Hello Tara - I'm so glad I found you! I love your blog and I really appreciate your theme of bringing family traditions back. I especially like your ideas of casual visits. I agree, it's a lost art. I'm doing a series over the next couple of months celebrating the day-to-day traditions as well as holiday traditions. I featured your blog on my post today. If you have a minute I'd love for you to stop by and say hello!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Foursons said...

Oh gosh. I DISLIKE casual, knock on my door unexpectedly visits. It really throws me off and makes me upset.

But I LOVE that you stopped by my blog without needing an invite! Love the comment too- made my day!

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

I have to admit...I'm not a fan of having people just drop by. But I do love having company...

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