It seems we are becoming more and more obsessed with our houses and the way they look. We try to buy more things to make it more beautiful and stylish. We add on and redecorate. I have eight different pillows for my couch and that’s after getting rid of two!

We upgrade furniture and appliances faster than ever before.

And now are houses are full of clutter. These showplaces we don’t even want to show.

My grandparent’s house was always very simply decorated. Some artwork from trips they have taken. Things rarely moved. They had the same furniture for years and years.

And yet their house was always full. A lonely missionary, a foreign exchange student, people they met on their travels, neighbors, people from church, and family all came to the house. Grandma never seemed to worry if the house was good enough or neat enough to have people over. She invited people at the spur of the moment.

Her house was usually clean, but rarely perfect. She routinely cleaned and didn’t have the clutter around the house (just in the basement). But she didn’t spend much time on redecorating or keeping up with the times. And without all the clutter she didn’t spend much time cleaning and organizing. Her house was comfortable and never showy.
And no one cared what the house looked like. People were there to talk and connect. Not have a house tour.

Hospitality never goes out of style.

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5 comments

  • Diana

    Great post…we do get obsessed with better furniture, more stuff, decorating. But what really makes a home is what is in the heart not what is in the house.

  • DivaJean

    But also a bit too simplified.

    There are a lot more technology items that “fill up” a house these days that didn’t exist back in the day.

    Think of all the computer stuff (which you have if you are posting here), kitchen appliances, and things that really do help us and serve us well.

    I live in a house sized to the 1950’s- and it is difficult- but two adults and four kids live in a 3 bedroom house. It does require a lot of rethinking and considering when items are not used to get rid of them faster. You just have to accept that a home is active living space- not a museum for collections of things.

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