I remember my first “real” bike.
It had multiple speeds, handle bar breaks, and a kick-stand. My dad took my sister and I to a special park with paved trails to try it out. But the moment I started riding, I knew something was wrong.
The wheels were turning, but there was an odd clicking sound, the pedals felt clunky, and riding was just plain awkward. Needless to say, I wasn’t enjoying myself at all.
I called out, “Daddy! My bike is broken!”
It truly felt as if my bike was about to fall apart. I imagined my dad having to take it back to our garage, dismantle the entire thing, and put it back together piece by piece. The problems felt so big, and the solution felt so out of reach.
When a home doesn’t function well, we often feel that same helplessness.
Trying to get through a regular day can feel clunky and awkward. Basic tasks are continually met with resistance. Our spaces and our stuff refuse to cooperate. We just want to relax and enjoy our lives, but we can’t.
In our frustration, we sometimes jump to the conclusion that the only way to fix our homes is to dismantle the entire thing.
We imagine a massive decluttering and downsizing and rearrangement of everything we own. Plus, we have to magically transform our personalities into women who are always on top of everything, right?
Since that kind of transformation is so far out of reach, we surrender.
I was ready to surrender that bike ride. But my dad watched me riding and said, “Your bike isn’t broken, you’re just not in gear.” He showed me the lever on my handle bar and told me to press slowly.
“Trust me,” he said. “You’ll feel it.”
I was skeptical, of course, but I pressed a little more and a little more, until POP! It was like night and day! The gears locked into place, the chain became taut, and when I pushed on that pedal I sailed!
I was amazed at how such a minor adjustment could have such a major impact!
Believe it or not, our homes behave in much the same way. Quite a bit of the clunky awkwardness, the uncooperative spaces, and the difficult tasks, can be greatly improved by surprisingly minor adjustments.
Simply changing the timing of a task, or the way you store a certain set of items, or which specific responsibilities you delegate to the kids, and you might find yourself be amazed at the results.
In my dad’s words, “Trust me. You’ll feel it.”
A Home On Purpose follower experiences this regularly as she works through one of our lesson series. She’ll be watching one of the video lessons, following along with the outlines, nodding and thinking, “Yeah, that makes sense.”
Then all of a sudden, she hears it.
That one insight. That one strategy. That one suggestion. That one new approach that makes her say, “That’s it!” That’s what will make the difference in our home.”
Then, as she works through the Take Control Tasks at the end of the lesson, she’ll know exactly what to focus her energy on.
As she makes these minor adjustments, one at a time, she feels the gears of her home locking into place. As the machinery of a regular day runs more smoothly, her spaces begin to cooperate better, daily tasks grow less frustrating, and her home becomes a more peaceful and positive place to live.
This is what Home On Purpose is all about.
My mission is to help you make your home easier to manage, easier to live in, and easier to maintain, so you can be free to enjoy the ride. If you are new to Home On Purpose, you may be a little skeptical.
That’s why we have a ton of free resources on a wide variety of topics!
Read a few blog articles, listen to a podcast episode, or watch a few quick videos on the Intentionalize page.
If you’re interested in completely transforming a certain area of your home, check out our online video lesson series and our written instructional guides – each one has a free introductory video.
When you are ready to take control of your stuff and your spaces, Home On Purpose can show you how!
It’s always a good time to make life at home easier.