Why Everyday Matters

Does Everyday Matter?

Yesterday, one of our sons made dinner. The only help he had was the oven, since that is not safe for a five year old. He made pizza and it was delicious. He measured out his toppings and told me the temperature for the oven. They have been helping for a couple of years and now they have a night to make dinner, and set the table.

Time for everyday things are so important. They build children’s confidence and they learn early on they can do and be.

We went on our quarterly trip to IKEA yesterday, and as we were not in a hurry I let the boys walk the maze as they call it. In and out of small beautiful functional tiny versions of living.

I had the great fortune to learn about how IKEA directs its designers for product design. As it was explained to me, they are given a price and a function the object is to perform. Next, they start designing for beauty and reliability. I am sure this is not concise representation of all of their processes, but beginning with cost intrigued me.

What if we designed our homes and businesses that way? What if we really took a look at what our resources were and true needs then designed with that in mind? Not by starting on Pinterest to see what everyone else is doing. Design for our lives.

I caught the diy bug for early on, but in retrospect my version did little to nothing to save me money. Had I started with the IKEA Way, perhaps it would have. I am sure I cannot be the only one who looked at what they wanted, and then set about trying to afford it.

I realized today as we walked the maze, I was explaining to the boys the process IKEA uses to design things. I don’t talk down to them. I begin like I would anyone else, and then clarify as the why’s emerge.

What happens is an interesting dialog.I saw some small things I thought they could use, and as I stood looking at them, one of my sons says “we have some of those, we don’t need another one.” He was right actually, other than a different color, they were no different than that item at home.

We talked about how many square feet a space was and how everything felt neatly inside. One of them said it looked cozy. I have explained why we downsized and they are happy about the changes. They have not seen it as a punitive change, but as something that has made everything more fun.

These lessons may be more subtle now, but what do you think the lasting impact will be? Will it affect how they make decisions for their own homes, or affect business decisions later on?

Only time will tell, and I am so grateful we have time to talk about it now.

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