Tuesday, September 13, 2011
13th Day in a Chic September
For the month of September I plan to document daily steps I have taken towards a chic, elegant and healthy life. My goal is to keep uppermost in my mind the kind of life I want to live. I will be focusing on all the small things I do each day that lead me towards my goal, rather than away from it.
Well, it's just the one accomplishment today - we bought a house. Actually, we bought it last week, but today was the day we instructed our lawyer to make the contract unconditional, since all the legal work and building reports etc were fine.
My husband and I are both very excited about this next stage in our life, as homeowners. Thankfully we both have similar views on money, and how we want to live. We deliberately chose a less expensive home than we could have, simply because we don’t want a huge mortgage.
Don’t get me wrong, our mortgage is still big enough, as mortgages tend to be, but I think we’ve left ourselves leeway for rate increases, unexpected expenses, living life and of course paying that thing off as quick as possible.
We are also excited about how we can make it look like us, but on a budget. It’s quite a modern style house (twenty years old) and the possibilities of how it could look are fun to imagine.
I also am thinking about intelligent storage (on that same petite budget, of course) which can be built into wardrobes and cupboards. I have a great book out of the library at the moment – The Beverly Hills organizer's home organizing bible. There is also a website.
I must admit, being the Beverly Hills organizing bible gives it a bit more cachet than if it was named after a less glamorous neighbourhood (call me shallow). It seems to be a very practical book though, and has lots of pictures of open doors and drawers, showing how to organise every room in your home.
So I am on turbo-decluttering now, and starting to pack.
Apart from that I've tried to remember to choose healthy foods today, drink lots of water, breathe, do my work in the shop, and smile.
If you feel like you want to make September a chic month for you as well, please join me. You are welcome to share your mini-chic accomplishments for the day (or the previous day if you read in the morning) in the comments section. It would be lovely to have you along for the ride!
Image from Beverly Hills Organiser