Rooms Repurposed book review

Rooms RepurposedThis 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
  • Downsizing
  • 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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Comments

  1. grammygoodwill says

    We’re hoping to move into a small patio home this summer. I will need to repurpose the second bedroom into a guest room for when my dad visits, a craft room for me, and an office for my hubby. I hope it’s possible! Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  2. Tina Robinson says

    I live in a small place so there is really not a room to re-purpose but if I could, it would be half of the 3rd bedroom into a master bath and the other half into a laundry room. My washer and dryer and half of a water heater is in my kitchen. So right now, dual purposing my kitchen would be more like it! I also need to dual purpose my bedroom better for craft/sewing space and of course a place to sleep. My closet at the moment houses most of my craft supplies, what is not in storage!

  3. Kathy E. says

    Now that we are empty-nesters, we have an extra bedroom that has NOTHING in it! I’m not sure what to do with it as we already have a guest bedroom. I need some ideas!

  4. says

    Oh, this book sounds fabulous! I, too, always have a room that becomes a catch-all of crap. And I so don’t want that. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  5. Robyn says

    I would love to re-purpose my spare room into a crafting room so I could create memories and fun times with my three grand kids!

  6. lesley says

    i am trying (unsuccessfully) to turn a “junk” room into a crafting room – i had the stupid notion it would be soooo simple. sigh!

  7. Lisa L says

    I would love to repurpose my formal living room into a craft room. We hardly ever go in there.

  8. Helen says

    I’m in desperate need of some organizing guidance and inspiration to part with some of the craft items I’ve collected over the years so I can make a craft room that works for me!

  9. leemurr says

    my husband is retiring in January and we will be moving out of California and to Prescott Arizona to build our dream farm and art studio on the farm – would love to have this book to help make our home even more unique!

  10. Christina Ferreira says

    I unfortunately don’t have an available room to repurpose but I’d love to make my master a little more purposeful.

  11. says

    It’s a little hallway/entry way where my closet is. It’s a nice little space that could be used for something but I can’t figure out what. Maybe a dressing room.

  12. says

    First of all I love all decorating books,but this one sounds like it would be very useful in my home!!
    I would like to repurpose the 1/2 bedroom off the master bath into an office space room. I also need alot of help with my studio/crafting/sewing room slash spare bedroom. The two need twoo coexist better together!!

    And, I really need that label maker for my business!!! I’m taking a break right now from my online shop (www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage ) to devote my time to my brick and mortor shop beside my home( “The Shabby Cottage”It would really help for my marketing.
    Thanks so much for the opportunity!!!

  13. Katie says

    I live in a small condo and I am always organizing and reorganizing to fit everything in. Luckily, I have a lot of closet space throughout the condo, but I never feel like I am using it efficiently enough! This book would be perfect for me.

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