this weekend, we got one of those phone calls that we used to dread getting. the caller began, ”hey, we’re in the neighborhood. mind if we stop by to see you guys?”
just to be clear, we love our friends and love having people over. we didn’t dread receiving that phone call because we didn’t want to catch up with friends. we hated the phone call because it usually meant 10 minutes of frantically running around the house throwing dishes into the oven, shoes/coats into the closet, and toys into corners… anything to hide the mess before they pull into the driveway. you know the drill.
but these days, those phone calls feel very different. we don’t dread them at all, we only look forward to them. oh, on this particular day, we had just finished lunch so there were some dishes to put away, there were some toys that needed to be returned to their homes (it was the weekend after all), and now that we’ve written a book about decluttering, we felt a little extra pressure… but we were ready for our drop-by guests.
one benefit of minimalism is that it’s easier to keep your home clean. and when your home is clean, you are ready to experience another benefit of minimalism: drop-by guests are no sweat (literally).