This book could not have come at a better time. And by “this book” I mean “Rooms Repurposed: A Purposeful Home, A Purposeful Life,” written by my friend Cristin Frank of Eve of Reduction. She is my hero when it comes to simplifying your life by reducing debt, waste, and clutter – something I constantly battle (and I’m sure you do too!). And why is this such a good time for me and her new book? Because I’m moving at the end of the month, and moving is the PERFECT time to get the extemporaneous crap in my life cleaned up and make my living space fit my needs.
The introduction of the book hit home with me right away with these few sentences: “What if the rooms of your home were dedicated to your lifestyle? A “spare bedroom” wouldn’t be a dumping grounds for storage totes and phased-out exercise equipment.” Um . . . does Cristin have a camera in my apartment or something? Because (and this is embarrassing) I have a corner of my apartment with boxes that I haven’t even unpacked from moving in two years ago. That is pretty ridiculous.
So how do I make a system that works for me?
Cristin tackles all sorts of rooms (and ways you would use these rooms) in her book. She addresses:
- Entertaining – Club Meeting, Dinner Party, Family Party
- Relaxing – Home Theatre, Game Room, Play Room
- Creating – Music Studio, Art Studio, Workshop, Sewing Room
- Retreating – Library, Prayer Room, Meditation Room, Man Cave
- Working – Video Room, Home Office
- Storing – Dressing Room, Pantry, Wine Cellar
- Dual-Functioning Rooms
- Bringing it all Together
There are tons of pictures (I love the before and afters) and even more tips. I realized as I was reading her book that my space CAN be something that inspires me and work for my needs. I know it’s silly, but I usually think of my living area as a gigantic pain in the butt that I always have to take care of. What if I just changed my perspective? What if my living space became USEFUL? I love how Rooms Repurposed made me think.
One section that really resonated with me was the Downsizing chapter. I’m not downsizing with my move per se, but the place I’m going to is VERY different than the loft I’m in now. Everything in my loft is very open, while the new place has “real” rooms. So I need a small space strategy, and Cristin has some great tips in this chapter. Also very important are her tips on light (the place is dark) and then efficient small space furniture. Her suggestions are perfect!
I could go on and on, but rather than that, I suggest purchasing a copy of Rooms Repurposed for yourself. If you’d like a chance to win a copy to read, Cristin is hosting a giveaway for a Brother P-touch label maker + a copy of Rooms Repurposed below. And while you’re at it, take a peek at Cristin’s other successful book Living Simple, Free & Happy. Buying both together will change your life.
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