Functional Living Areas


Chapter Eighteen:

A few key sentences that got my attention:

“Sensory adaptation is to blame for numbing us visually to things in our home as well.  It’s a God-given gift to adapt to our surroundings.

To maximize organization and increase effectiveness of the general living areas, we may need to define their purposes.”

“You see, the goal or organization isn’t to have a pristine home, it’s to free you to live the life you want and to obey God’s calling for you and your family.  With that in mind, consider each general room in your home.  Ask yourself two questions:

1. What does my family currently do in this room?

2.  What do I wish my family could do in this room?

“Ask God to give you a vision for your home and living spaces.”

The big one for me:

“Creating a comfortable, welcoming home is a priority goal for me.  It’s not about interior design or having a floor you can eat off of; it’s more about the heart of the hostess and stress-free places to gather.  I f your heart longs for a home where family and friends breathe a sigh of relief upon entering, then consider starting your organizing with your common areas.”

I have lived in my home now for a little over 6 years and you know what, little has changed since I moved in after my husband and I got married.  We’ve talked and talked about the things we would like to change and it seems that when we get ready to start changing things, something happens which prevents us.  Whether it is a budget constraint, something consuming our time, or just a turn in lack of interest.   My home still looks much like the bachelor pad that it was when my husband was single!

This chapter was a good wake up call for me to truly consider what I want my home to say and share when people come in.  I loved how Glynnis suggested that you pray and ask God to show you the vision for your home, I have never done that.  I think He can direct us in ways that will provide way more value than we just try to ‘wing it’.  

I know we have just a bit more stuff than we need, geez, I think everyone does!  But even still, I can place things better and find ways to brighten up my space without spending thousands of dollars and over consuming to make my home feel “homey”.  My challenge to myself is to go through my rooms and consider if something truly has a purpose or it is a space consumer.  Things in my home need to have personal value, not just a decorative touch.

Consider these questions, answer them in your journal, comment here or you can leave your comment on the private Facebook page.  

  • Do you feel you have a vision for your home?
  • What one tip that Glynnis shared really stuck out to you?
  • Is your entryway a welcoming spot?
  • What do you think someone feels when they enter your home now?  What would you like them to feel?

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