One of the things that I’m enjoying most about my new apartment is the extra space that it gives me for entertaining. Our living room can now hold more than 1 extra person at a time… it’s very exciting!
Last Sunday, we had friends over for dinner. Including small children, of whom there were many, there were 12 people in my house at the same time. It’s still amazing to me that I can host a gathering of that size. We didn’t have a fancy dinner, just pizza which the adults ate sitting on the couches and the kids ate at the kitchen table. But it was so nice to be able to host friends and share a nice evening together.
I think this is one of the most important ways that living in a bigger space, even though we pay more in rent, will actually end up saving us money. We won’t need to go out to eat to entertain. We won’t have to hold birthday parties at special venues (unless we want to avoid the mess in our house). We’ll be able to throw a party or two. I also feel a lot less stress living here, which lead in the old house to eating out because I couldn’t be bothered cooking, or getting fast food for the same reasons.
Along with the practical aspect of living in a bigger space comes the way that we can open our house and home to others. I feel more comfortable inviting my kids’ friends over for play dates, which is so nice for them. I am able to host meetings for the associations to which I belong, meaning that we can meet in a more central location. We will be able to put up friends who come to France on vacation, and my brother might be able to stay with us for a year while he goes to school. My husband can even start to invite his friends over as well, although with his friends come electric guitars- I don’t know how happy the neighbors will be!
Our new apartment isn’t huge, certainly not by American standards. It’s about 1100 square feet, which is for us, just big enough. But more importantly than the added floor space it gives us is the added ability to make room in our home for others.
How do you make room in your family and home for others?