While it does make me sad to see summer on the way out, I love when a new season starts—it’s a new beginning, and I always feel reinvigorated! Summer can also become a bit frenetic, even manic toward the end, since, as Minnesotans, we try to pack as much into the summer months as possible. As we move into autumn with cooler temps and a slower pace (not to mention commitment-free weekends, amiright?), it’s time to settle in and consider how to be a more mindful homeowner—or get a leg up by learning how to become one if you’re planning to buy in the near future. These books will give you food for thought wherever you are in the process!
I’ve heard this book mentioned several times here and there, and got a glowing personal testimonial on the effective, and life-changing effects of reading this book. While getting my hair cut this week, my stylist—an active and athletic friend who’s recently-divorced and single mom of two also very active grade-schoolers, with a big, cluttered house—told me that reading this book had turned her house-world on its head, and she felt like a lighter and better version of herself. Her garage, which has been closed off and full of stuff since I’ve known her, has since been cleared out, she is planning a garage sale, and has already brought nearly twenty bags to the thrift store. Talk about cleaning house! As we move toward the cooler months, this is a great time to check out this book to get your home space de-cluttered and zen-like. Or, if you’re planning to buy in the coming months, it’s the perfect read to prep for a more streamlined move!
Listening to a back episode of The Motley Fool Podcast this morning, Clark Howard was interviewed about travel tips and mentioned his book (which he suggested everyone should borrow from the library, of course!). In it, he gives you hints on how to save money while shopping (Costco items ending in 97 cents, for instance, are marked down below cost; at Sam’s Club, the same is true for items priced at 1 cent: 41 cents, 11 cents, etc.), on travel (counterintuitively, he recommends not choosing your destination first; rather, be open to location to find the best deals on airfare), shopping around for home services like cable, and myriad other topics we could all use a little help in navigating. Building up a down payment, or replenishing savings after closing on your home? This book offers practical advice to help you get back in the black.
With A Walk in the Woods coming to the silver screen, Bill Bryson’s name will be more widely known, and for good reason—he is something of a genius when it comes to quirky, goofy, entertaining nonfiction (in addition to Walk, In a Sunburned Country is a consistently hilarious, head-scratcher of an overview of the ridiculousness that is Australia, and The Lost Continent is subtly Lake Wobegon-esque). In At Home, Bryson turns his focus to the strange and fascinating history of the household, dissecting 10,000 years of history room by room. Whether you’re a new homeowner or long-time resident, this will give you an increased appreciation of simple, everyday use items like a bathtub, the kitchen sink, and more.
Licensed Associate Working with Sharlene Hensrud of RE/MAX Results, and HomesMSP — Sharlene, John, Angela
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