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I love being at home

My son said to me the other day, “Mum you hate going anywhere don’t you?” I said “yeah I like staying home these days…” He said I was weird. I said “aren’t you lucky, I must really like you all a lot.” Ha!

I’ve always been a homebody. I’d rather hang out at home with my people than be anywhere else. I know that sounds so boring! But I am much happier being at home. I think I have started liking home much more over the past 2 years. It has a lot to do with my health too. I am tired a lot, unwell and I just like the comfort of being alone and keeping things simple. I like my own “stuff”. I started reading Happier at Home and so much of the book resonated with me. Gretchen Rubin realized that her home, in all its aspects, was the most crucial element influencing her happiness. It hit me when she wrote about possessions creating happiness…

Within the larger subject of happiness, the proper relationship of possessions to happiness is hotly debated. People often argue that possessions don’t—or shouldn’t—matter much to happiness, but I think they do…

For better or worse, buying things (or photographing them, cataloging them, or writing reviews about them) is a way to engage with the world. When we’re interested in something, we often express that interest by researching, shopping, buying, and collecting. People who love art go to museums, but when they can afford it, they usually want to buy art, too. People who love to cook enjoy buying kitchen tools and exotic ingredients. The latest sports equipment probably isn’t much different from what’s already in the closet. We crave to buy and possess the things we love, even when it’s not necessary.

I am not a minimalist. I also don’t think I am materialistic. Gretchen explains that loving the things around you doesn’t make you materialistic. Possessions can make you happy. A pretty cushion, a piece of artwork, fresh towels… These things make me happy. But everything has a purpose though and I am not a hoarder. I like things to be ordered and serve some sort of job. I am happy to cull and throw things out. I do like to simplify…

Cultivating my possessions, then, wasn’t a simple matter of organization, elimination, or accumulation; it was a matter of engagement. When I felt engaged with my possessions, I felt enlivened by them, and when I felt disengaged from them, I felt burdened. – Happier at Home.

I feel like being at home is better than being on a holiday. I wasn’t always like this. Maybe I’m just getting older! I read on Instagram somewhere last week where a lady was consciously making her home a place she loves so much she doesn’t feel the need for a holiday. I think this is me. Don’t get me wrong, I love a trip to the beach once a year, a night in Melbourne here and there, or a trip my friends. But I don’t crave it. My husband takes my boys away camping once or twice a year for two nights. I crave those times! Where I can stay at home and just be quiet. I think that loving your every day life is a pretty good thing? Yes?

Home, for me, is comforting. It’s also mostly where I work and create stuff. Realistically it can be chaotic and disruptive too. After all, I have 4 males living here too! But I hope they all think it’s a place of belonging. Somewhere to land, should they need it.

So today, my husband is on one of those camping trips with the boys. They went last night. It’s quiet here today and I am loving it. I’m filling my cup up today by just being at home.

Hope you have a great week ahead. ♥ KC.

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20 Comments

  1. Vivienne Russell

    April 23, 2017

    Love Gretchen Rubin, she makes so much sense and her books are easy to read.
    I’m a homebody, always have been and it should be your sanctuary ( even with all the males in yours, lol). I love to go to the beach and sit and reflect and de-stress (always have) but I’m not a people person and hate crowds. We are all different and like or crave different things. I’m glad that you are happy at home and that you have the place to yourself for a few days, enjoy the peace and the tidy house

    • Katrina Chambers

      April 23, 2017

      We sure do all crave different things. I love that we all do. For me, it’s just hibernating! Ha ha! X

    • Vivienne Russell

      April 23, 2017

      Especially in winter! Lol

  2. Kylie Hudson

    April 23, 2017

    I love this so much ❤️❤️❤️

  3. Chrissie Taylor

    April 23, 2017

    Great post and can totally relate although over the past 12 months I’ve gone from clutter to minimal. From buying homewares each time I go out to culling what I have and keeping the ones that Spark Joy (Marie Kondo). Have you read the Simple Home by Rhonda Hetzel? I grabbed both her beautifully illustrated books whilst in Bright recently. Both are great reads 😉 enjoy your time home. Alone! I envy you!

    • Katrina Chambers

      April 23, 2017

      I haven’t read that one. Must look it up! They’re only 10 minutes out the road so they could be home a lunchtime time yet haha!!

    • Chrissie Taylor

      April 23, 2017

      Batten down the hatches, change the locks lol

  4. Cherisse

    April 24, 2017

    So glad to read that I am not alone in loving being in my own home, surrounded by the people I love, and the pretty things I buy to make this house a home. May have to swing by the local bookshop and grab myself a copy of the book you mentioned. Thanks Katrina x

  5. Kelly Exeter

    April 23, 2017

    I am the same – I’d rather be home than anywhere in the world. It’s a good thing to know!

  6. Kim Ray

    April 23, 2017

    Second last day of school hols and I thought we really should go out.. But it’s so lovely being at home pottering around.. The kids are happy and I am where I belong..Home.

  7. Tammy Kitchen

    April 23, 2017

    I am EXACTLY like this! ❤️❤️

  8. Bernice Pitt

    April 24, 2017

    Me too only in the last year though! I thought it was a mid forty thing!

  9. Nicole Hastings

    April 24, 2017

    Love this, although too many days home in a row I get cabin fever but usually I’m happy to be home

  10. Abbey Procter

    April 24, 2017

    Absolutely loved this article!!

  11. Katrina Messervy

    April 24, 2017

    Great post! Total homebody here too

  12. Sarah Schekoske Keetley

    April 24, 2017

    I love being at home…..still got so much to do on our reno but I don’t care. home is where my family is. We live in our chaos together.

  13. Bec Senyard

    April 24, 2017

    Love this. Although, if I had your home, I’d be happy to stay home too. 🙂

  14. Jennie Meiklejohn

    April 25, 2017

    Oh my goodness Katrina – I just love your teal/blue cabinet!!! Let me know if you ever don’t want it!!!!

  15. Linda schraven

    April 25, 2017

    This is so me, love being at home and totally happy with my own company also my 3 adorable girls husband and dogs,

  16. Wendy Robinson

    April 25, 2017

    Lovely post Katrina – I too can identify with it. My Mum always used to say “A thing of Beauty is a Joy forever” and “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” which can certainly apply to the special things you buy or are given to you that you keep in your home. We have a lot of our special things still packed up in boxes at the moment whilst we build our new home – can’t wait to unpack them all again when we’re finished!

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