One of the main joys and duties of being a Christian woman, whether we are living with our husband and children, with flatmates, or on our own, is the gift of hospitality. I know how much I appreciated being welcomed into homes and families as a student, so I hope to be able to return that favour to others. I really enjoy having people round, but it can be quite stressful sometimes!
Thankfully, I stumbled upon Flylady. A friend originally sent it to me as a joke, but reading her site, I realised the real joys in having a home that served me, rather than the other way round! She gives lots of useful advice on keeping and managing your home and life, such as it is better to do half a job rather than no job at all, that perfectionism actually causes chaos and that simple routines "do the trick".
At the moment, after a few failed attempts at trying to embrace it all at once (it's that perfectionist side of me again trying to do everything at once or not at all), I am plodding my way through the Babysteps. My sink is shiny, and from that everything else will follow - and you know, I think that it might just do that this time!