31 Days of Hospitality: Day 10 - Come on in...

 Yesterday, I talked about the outdoor entry way.  It's definitely the first impression that someone gets of your home.  An extension of your outdoor entry would be your indoor entry, or foyer.

                                         foyer:  an entrance hall or vestibule in a private house

I'm going out on a limb and saying that most of us don't have foyers like this:
 But more like this one below.  You will notice one thing they have in common is that they are neat and inviting.  Very welcoming to guests.  The perfect place to receive those guests.
Part of hospitality is feeling welcome in someones home.  A clean, tidy foyer is much more welcoming then one that is cluttered with shoes, backpacks, shoes, toys, shoes, etc.  Something we struggle with here is shoes (if you didn't notice!).  People kick off their shoes at the front door and there they stay.  Usually until Debra moves them.  If you are visiting someones home the last thing you want to greet you is a pair of shoes for every family member.

Make your foyer inviting by:
  • Clearing the area of 'stuff'.  Put the shoes away.  We have cubbies with baskets by the door for shoes. It helps a bit but I am usually putting shoes away sometime during the day. 
  • A small rug at the door helps keep from tracking dirt in to the house.
  • A small table (keep the size of your foyer in mind when picking it out) gives you a place to put keys and other small things when you come in.
  • Hooks for hanging jackets and handbags when you come in.
  • Setting out a bouquet of flowers or a scented candle.  Nothing says "I'm glad you're here" like flowers.
Take a look at your foyer and try to see it through the eyes of your guests.  Does it invite your guests in and make them feel welcome?

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