Consider: "How Should I Exercise Hospitality?"

This book is a quick encouragement designed to grow the practice of hospitality in our lives. Below is an excerpt from How Should I Exercise Hospitality? by Rebecca VanDoodewaard.

It also brings the blessing of skill. Practicing hospitality is the best way to learn how to do it well. As you discover what works best for your family, how to change your routine to fit food prep, how to keep conversation going…you will get better and better at it. the apostle tells us to “practice hospitality” because that is what all of us need — practice. Nobody is born a perfect host of hostess. We all have to learn. Consistent obedience is the best way to become skilled in opening your home and ministering to others… Like any skill, good hosting can be acquired. These skills can be taught; they can be learned; they can be mastered. Let’s practice!

 

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Laundry Tips

We all have it — the never-ending cycle of laundry. It can be a real struggle to stay on top of it. Now, it really is just a job that never ends and simply needs to be done, but there are some things that may help you as you work.

For starters, it is a continuous process. It’s not a full-focus activity with modern washing machines and dryers, so it doesn’t need to dominate our time and attention for an entire day. It can fit into small pieces of time all week. Also, letting it pile up may be too overwhelming and hurt rather than help. Staying on top of it a little at a time can keep it manageable.

  • Constant sorting¬†— Don’t let it pile up in the hamper. If you sort on a consistent daily basis or at least often, the chore won’t take long and loads are ready to go when the pile is big enough to throw in the washer. You won’t feel as if you are at the start of a long haul before you even can get a load in the washer.
  • You may want to do one load every day — Start in the morning. Circle back later on to transfer the load to the dryer. At some point in the afternoon, empty the dryer and fold the clothes. From then on, grab a stack to put away every time you walk by. Before you know it, it’s done. You are eating the elephant…
  • If you are picky enough to not be able to go to bed under a pile of clothes, you can drop the freshly-dried load on your bed. It will physically remind you to get them folded and put away before you go to bed, instead of being out of sight and out of mind.

Also, remember many hands make light work — teach your children when they are young to help with the process. They learn a valuable skill, and the load is light for everyone.

Finally, there might be the first world problem of too many clothes, perhaps?¬†Occasionally there isn’t room in the dresser or closet to put all the clean clothes away. This is especially a problem when children are helping with laundry. They will have a much easier task with less to manage while they learn.

If you run into this overload, take it as a cue to look at the bottom layer of the drawer or the back of the closet rod to see what hasn’t been worn for a year or two. Maybe it’s time to donate a few things and make it easier to finish up the laundry and put clothes away.