How's it going guys!? I hope your Labor Day (or regular day outside the US) is going well! It's September and therefore time to get into a new home design book! I'm trying to time our monthly books with whatever is going on in a majority of our lives. Many of us are heading into fall. School is starting, summer is over, etc. It means more time indoors in our homes. Keep this in mind as I babble about my state of affairs....
Lately, I've been binge shopping for The Shack and scouring everything I own to fill up that house. It has made me feel overwhelmed with all the stuff and I feel the urge to purge. While I was filling up The Shack, I listened to The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store. It put me back to reality. Back to me. I'm not a hoarder, yet I've become one since we moved to Phoenix 2 years ago. I've been buying and buying for these houses. I store the stuff. I hold it and wait. But, it's time to focus on my own home and clearing out all of the stuff. I've done a bit of it but it needs even more focus now that The Shack project is over.
I need to back off on the buying. I want a nice home. I want an uncluttered home. But, i want a happy home that feels like me. Not like some other designer's home and not like one on a TV show. I feel this has come up a lot as of late in posts I've seen on Instagram, on blogs and in podcasts. Beautiful, bold, luxurious and perfect homes abound on the web. But, what about reality and our own homes. How can we be happy with our own? How can we figure out our own style instead of just trying to replicate someone else? How can we be us, and still like it? LOL.
Enter this month's book, Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life, by Gretchen Rubin.
I feel like Gretchen's book will highlight exactly what I'm looking for.
Not another blogger. Not another designer. ME. What makes me happy? And with all this time we'll be spending closer to home in the coming months, what better way to prepare? Also, it appears that Gretchen dedicated a school year, starting in September, "to making her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort, and love." Looks like we've hit perfect timing here. Time to jump in. Join me in reading this book and finding happiness in your own home! When you've finished, feel free to review the book below. Happy reading!
If you missed the last couple of months (or if you want to give your review for past books), head to the Design Book Club page and catch up! I'll update this page every month so you can join in whenever you like!