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Today it’s exactly five years since I started this blog and without much thought named it Chez Larsson, at the Larsson’s. Little did I know the popularity it would gain and how many of you that would tune in daily, weekly or on occasion since then.

The blog has given me so much. I’ve gained online friendships and offline ones too. It’s seen me going from married 20 years to being single again. It’s also witnessed Wille grow from a teenager into a (very handsome if I do say so myself) man and Mini and Bonus our furry love interests have also made frequent beloved appearances. 

Chez Larsson started out in one house and moved on to the next with what went into living in and organizing one as a family of three, moving and renovating the other as a single mom and everything else that went into a “house, home and hobby” which was what my header said back in the beginning.

I’ve done quite a lot of thinking these past months. Thinking about what I want to do, work wise, in my personal life and with the blog. Some things unfortunately can’t be changed, such as me working full time. I need the income, it’s as simple and boring as that. Some things can stay as they are as far as I’m concerned, such as my personal life, I’m very happy being single (until I find my Williamsburg hunk…). Some things do need a bit of a change though and that would be me blogging as frequently and as scheduled as I do.

I remember writing in my very first post about blogging “Do I have the time? No, not really, but I’ll make time somehow…one always does when one wants to and I do!”. And I did. For five years. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the interaction with you guys and I love sharing stuff with you but I’ve come to realize that it’s just not realistic to maintain a hobby blog the way I have. I know of a lot of great bloggers that post as frequently as I have or more but then I realize they do it for a living and can devote their full time to it and everything around it that goes into a professional blog. I guess I just have to acknowledge that I’m not a full time blogger.

So what to do and how to go about it? One option obviously was be to stop blogging altogether but I think I’d miss it. So instead I’ll cut down. I can’t at this moment say when or how often I’ll post from now on. Some weeks there might still be five posts but other weeks there may be fewer and if I’m really busy or when the weather is particularly nice occasionally none. My aim is not to post on a schedule like I have in the past. I tend to fall into schedules and planning and kind of feel that’s what I need to get away from in my time off work. Go crazy and post randomly, you know.

So what will I do with my freed up time? Like I said at the end of last year I’d like to spend more time hanging out with friends, going places, learning new stuff. I hope to brush up on my photography and editing skills (RAW finally!), maybe take a pottery class, spend a lot of time outdoors in summer and even spend some Sundays just lounging around in my pjs without five posts to prepare for the upcoming week. Live a little bit more basically.

So with that, I thank you so much for being a huge part of my life these past five years. I’m sorry to disappoint those of you who like to start off your weekdays with me (that’s been such an honor!) but I hope you understand my decision.

♥ Benita

167 Comments

  • Mary Ann says:

    Benita, I can imagine the pressure to have those 5 posts ready to go on Sundays. It can’t be easy working fulltime and being a mom. I will definitely miss the regular posts but you will have a wonderful time catching up with friends and learning new stuff. Thank you. – Mary Ann

  • Jillian says:

    Your blog has been a pleasure to read. You’ve also taught me a lot. I love the serenity of your house. Thank you for sharing so much of your life with us! Enjoy your new pursuits. I’ll look forward to catching up with you as you see fit to post.
    ~Jillian

  • Debbie says:

    Benita,
    I actually look forward to reading your posts right before I go to bed (I’m in California), so I will miss your night time read 🙁 however I am happy that you hopefully will have a balance and we can still love and enjoying seeing you, Willie and the kittes from time to time!
    Enjoy your summer!!!

  • Susan says:

    I have found you fairly recently, and yes you go great with my first cup of coffee here in Zurich … but this step forward is totally understandable.
    Learning new skills, experiencing life, having good times with friends all sounds wonderful. And will trickle down to us, your readers, in great blog posts. You remain in my reader and I look forward to reading more, whenever 🙂
    Thank you for blogging. Happy anniversary.

  • Katharina says:

    Now I want to hug you (I am not a hugging person) and say: all is well.
    Thank you for five inspirational years and congratulations!
    On no-show days of you I will simply re-read older post and indulge in memories😇
    Carry on and always have a wonderful time!
    …DO tell is, though, if this Williamsbueg hunk thing really works out😁

  • Emma says:

    Hi Benita !
    Of course I’ll miss your daily posts (they’re part of my morning coffee routine !) but you’re doing what you feel is right for you and that’s always the way to go.
    Maybe I’ll enjoy the random posts even more now 🙂
    You’re always straightforward and honest and I simply LOVE that. Have a good summer.
    Emma from Germany

  • Michele Sherwin says:

    I often wondered how you had time to do all the posts you do. And when working on projects, taking time to photograph various steps to blog about it must extend the amount of time it takes to even complete the project. So while I will miss your regular posting schedule, I fully understand your decision. I will still be a loyal follower, though, no matter how often or seldom you post. Thank you for all the time you have devoted to your blog. (I’ve been a follower for about 3 years, I think.)

  • Tina Slocum says:

    So understandable, Benita. Thankyou for all the time and wonderful blog posts over the years. I look forward to your intermittent posts and wish you a very rich and wonderful life.
    ina

  • Leena says:

    I will miss the schedule you are having now (your post starts my work day) but as a blogger too I understand why you would like to blog schedule free. You do what works for you, but I’m really super glad you wont stop posting all together. I will still be a loyal reader.

  • Jenny says:

    C’est la vie – it is life! No day for the past couple of years has passed without my checking your blog – the one and only that I check every week day without fail. We all have lives that must be lived, they are far too short as it is! So we must do the things that make us happy and too much pressure is not a good thing. From experience, single working mothers have extremely busy lives and I will miss you a lot but it’s reassuring to know that you will be there from time to time. Happy Anniversary Benita and thank you for sharing on such a regular basis.

  • Ramona K says:

    Yes, you have been part of my morning routine for ages now. Yes, I and many others will miss that morning gem. But YES, you are doing the right thing Benita, at the right time. It´s great you are listening to your inner voice. So many of us live in a constant media noise (mediabruset = great Swedish term). We need silence, internally and externally to keep grounded and develop. Go for it Benita, think of yourself first and your son. Write again when you feel the urge and we´ll be there to read and to wish you well.
    Kram
    Ramona in Uppsala

  • Jill says:

    I’m in California too and read you before bed. You have been a big inspiration in my life. Thank you! I’m just grateful you are not giving up blogging all together. I’m amazed that you have been able to post as consistently as you have. Life changes. It sounds like you have some interesting times ahead. You deserve all the best.
    Jill Dion

  • Thank you for sharing part of your life with us all this time. I’m going to miss your daily posts a lot, but I perfectly understand your decision. I’ll be peeping in from time to time to see what’s going on or reread some of your posts. Good luck and enjoy your recovered time, Benita 🙂 A big hug! -amycapdet / May-

  • Agnes says:

    Benita,
    Du har den bästa bloggen i världen! Jag har följt dig i flera år men kommenterar sällan. Din kombination av ämnen, bilder och ödmjukhet gör din blogg till en diamant. Internet världen är stor och kan ibland ta över lätt! Önskar dig all lycka och är så lättad att du inte lägger av.
    stor kram Agnes från Göteborg

  • nicolezh says:

    Hej Benita- don’t worry! If it feels right for you to slow down blogging, just go for it. It sounds amazing to me that you plan to take up new classes, learn new skills and spend more time offline with friends or our own. Enjoy it and have a wonderfull summer!
    I will stay an avid reader for sure, but can you sometimes pleeeaaase keep the cat’s pictures coming? I’ll miss Mr Hansome Bonus…

  • adesigndairy says:

    Hi Benita
    Congratulations on your blog birthday…I am extremely disappointed to hear that I will not be able to read a daily post, but I completely understand…blogging well takes time and effort and I can imagine that after 5 years you feel pressure to come up with new ides constantly.
    Enjoy your freed up time and we will be eagerly waiting for you when you decide to post!!
    Jules, Dubai

  • Golla says:

    So glad you are going to keep your blog, even if you will publish less often. I do understand you choice and wish you all the best. Your blog is a big inspiration, thank you!

  • Judith says:

    GOOD. FOR. YOU. A little tinge of disappointment, yes, but I’m SO happy for you that you’re making a change toward giving yourself more time to enjoy, explore and just “be”. If we readers get too impatient waiting for a post from you, we can always just browse all the ones from the past five years (Happy Blogiversary, btw)!
    Yours was the first blog I ever followed regularly, and what a blog to start with. I’ve since discovered how rare it is to find a blogger who’s so positive, friendly and genuine – and on top of that, posting about really cool and interesting things. And, as if that weren’t enough, you’re now among my “IRL” friends! (Just don’t ask how much further I’ve gotten on that project we started last year ;))
    Sending you hugs and wishes for luck and all other good things!

  • Jiru says:

    Hello,
    Yours is one of my favorite blogs I read and I really enjoy checking in right before I go to bed (I live on the west coast of the US). I can see how it might be hard to continue blogging as regularly and faithfully as you do, but I sincerely hope you’ll keep blogging and check in with us as your schedule allows.
    Good luck with everything and enjoy your summer!

  • Anna says:

    Din blogg är en av de proffsigaste som finns, beundransvärt med tanke på att det “bara” är en hobby. Har också som rutin att läsa din blogg varje morgon till morgonkaffet på jobbet och kommer såklart att sakna det :)Men härligt att du bestämde dig för att inte lägga ner helt såklart!
    Må så gott och tack för en superbra blogg!

  • Lindsay says:

    Go for it Benita – you deserve to enjoy more ‘me’ time… I love your blog – you’ve inspired me on many occasions to get organised, and your photos are like a deep gasp of fresh air. Looking forward to reading updates from your new leisure pursuits. xxx

  • Tia says:

    Hi Benita,
    Long time reader first time commentor. I live in South Africa and yours is the first blog I read of the day while other bloggers are still asleep. You jumpstart me into cleaning and organizing.
    This is a message to any would be sponsors, editors and group bloggers: With her org and DIY skills, it would be a shame to lose this talent. Hire her for a mag or recruit her for a group blog. We don’t want to lose out on her talents completely and a once a week post or even a monthly post would be a huge drawcard for your own mag/website/blog.
    Enjoy your time out – it is well deserved and well earned.

  • Barbara says:

    Thank you to you Benita for your commitment! Hope you will enjoy your new free time. May be less frequent posts will mean more beautiful photos of your inspiring house? I hope so, but please don’t feel under pressure, because I know how awful it feels.
    Have a wonderful summer!
    Ciao from Italy

  • Suz Pearson says:

    Thank you for brightening up a corner of my day for so long, Benita. Although you don’t know most of us, I think we all feel that you’re someone we’d like to have around.
    Enjoy your extra time and live your life to the full. I’ll still check in every now and then to hear how you’re doing.
    Thanks for giving us your time so freely.
    Suzanne (Northwich, England)

  • Polly says:

    It sounds like a good idea to give yourself a break and it sounds like you have lots of wonderful things planned! We’ll still be here to read your posts!

  • Mónica says:

    Dear Benita, I will definitely miss you, then I love to read your posts every morning. I am not a blogger, but I found your blog for about 4 years ago and have followed it since then. I want to THANK YOU for all the time you have shared with us “folks out there” and for sharing so much of your life with us! You have been inspiring for me in very many ways and I have eagerly follow every single of your projects! I have met a straightforward, reliable, hard working and nice woman through this your blog. You have become a sort of friend for me! 🙂 I want to wish you all the best for the future! I’ll keep reading you anyway! 🙂

  • Maria says:

    Thank you for these five years! I hope for five more without a schedule 🙂 but don’t feel pressured to give us that.
    Have fun and enjoy your time with family, friends and new experiences!

  • Kate says:

    Hi Benita, I’m in the UK and reading your blog in the morning here is an absolute pleasure. Of course it’ll be a wrench not to have so many updates but i’ll look forward to those ones you do post(especially the furry love interests!). Enjoy life without a schedule. Kate

  • paula says:

    You have shared with us so many things! Im happy about you changing things, i will miss your posts and photographs.

  • judith b. says:

    Dear Benita,
    All the best in this new chapter of your life! You have done an amazing job with this blog and it will always feel like a second home to us all, no matter how often you post! It has had to add a lot of pressure to your already busy schedule to keep this place buzzing and refreshed every single day: I remember when you even posted on Saturdays!
    You’re the best, be blessed…isn’t that what Benita means, after all?
    xo

  • Helen F says:

    Totally understand, you need to put yourself first, not the Blog.
    I’ll miss reading you every morning. But I can live with that, I can read five years of old posts instead. 😉
    Looking forward to read when you’ve blogged. Until then, enjoy and embrace life!

  • Michelle says:

    Dear Benita
    I totally understand your decision. Yours will always be my Number One blog as long as it’s around. I love it for so many reasons – the pure enjoyment – as well as being the most useful blog I know. For example, you should see the difference in my bathroom store cupboard after following your organising tips! I hope you enjoy everything that you do!

  • Congrats and good luck! Sometimes it’s a really good decision to change routins and habits to be able to do a bigger and better change in one’s life:)

  • Messy says:

    Like somebody else said already: GOOD FOR YOU! Sooo happy you took that decision. Personally, I’d rather read stuff you enjoy writing than stuff that becomes a chore. I read blogs that post once a week or less and I enjoy them just as much.

  • gillian says:

    Hello Benita,
    I stumbled on your blog while I was passing time off on sick leave and I mus say you are a truly remarkable woman. You have overcome so much and managed to move on with your life as well as maintaing your daily commitments. I will miss your blogging as it really inspires me and ‘cheers’ me up on the down days but saying this I can understand you wanting time for yourself. Good luck with your future pursuits and I will still look forward to your ‘occasional’ blog.

  • Donna says:

    I have enjoyed reading your daily posts and will miss them, but you must do what you must do! Enjoy your free time. I will still look forward to those days when you do decide to post.

  • Tidy To be says:

    Jag tror folk förstår dig. Jag har alltid sett dig lite som en superkvinna som jobbar heltid, “tar hand om” Wille (ja, han lär nog klara sig rätt bra själv :P), katterna, fixar så fint i hemmet och alltid har det så städat. Det är faktiskt lite skönt att läsa att du också är människa. Haha 🙂
    Jag har dig på Bloggkoll så jag kommer se när du postar. Själv trodde jag att jag skulle ha mer tid att blogga, men som du skriver, när man jobbar heltid ÄR det svårt att hinna med allt och alltid vara en hurtbulle! 🙂

  • Sara says:

    I completely understand. But I’m selfishly sad… I feel like you’ve become the friend with whom I have coffee first thing every morning. I’m proud of you for realizing what you need… Godspeed, Benita!! I’ll look forward to your occasional posting, Miracle Girl. xoxo

  • Valerie says:

    Oh dear, I can’t say I didn’t feel this coming…you are my favorite, must read blog and I have sensed an unrest the last year or so. As greedy as I am for more posts, I will be delighted to hear from you whenever the mood strikes. I just wish there was an email option so we could be notified when you have written something…I completely understand and wish you joy and as others have said, you have been a huge inspiration to me and I thank you, and look forward to whatever comes next. Enjoy more freedom! We will be there for you when you do post.

  • Jules says:

    Benita,
    I absolutely understand your decision – you post more than some of the “professional” bloggers out there (and I think your blog is of a higher standard than most). If it is not possible to make money from the blog (or by the sounds of things you don’t want to) then absolutely you should scale back your posts! I will enjoy those posts that you do write, and I’m sure your blog will be all the better for you having more time to pursue your interests! x

  • Thank you all so much for being so understanding! You’re too sweet!

  • Valerie – There is an e-mail option! Check out the “Subscribe” link at the top under the header. There’s a “Get Chez Larsson delivered by email” link towards the bottom of the box on the right.

  • Josseline Wood says:

    It’s been less than a year since I discovered your blog and reading it has become such a pleasant part of my life. You absolutely should do what is best for you, please remember that we’ll all be there cheering you on, so please don’t forget us. And echoing what others said, I hope to see more photos of your adorable Mini and Bonus. Thank you Benita, enjoy your new life!
    Josseline

  • devil says:

    Good choice, Benita. Life comes first, always. 🙂

  • Karen says:

    I am echoing what others have said; thank you for so much inspiration, I’m glad your moving forward, I’ll miss your daily read but am happy to look forward to the odd post. Have loved your blog for 3 years (or more). Enjoy your freedom! I’m sure it will take a while to realise you have it!

  • e says:

    B, I am just thankful I found your blog. Happy 5th!
    -e from Manila

  • Karen from CT says:

    Happy Anniversary Benita-I have loved reading your blog every morning for the last 4 years and am looking forward to what ever you feel like sharing in the future. Good for you to take time for yourself and enrich your life by trying new things. I am certain you will continue to inspire us all even if it isn’t 5 days a week. Thanks for all you have shared here with us. Have a wonderful summer-kisses to Mini and Bonus!

  • Dana from CT says:

    I might go through Benita withdrawal, but I will adjust 🙂 Good for you!! It’s much more important to get out there and do what YOU want to do. And I just bet that when you do post- it will be more energized than ever.
    I recommend that everyone subscribe to your blog! Then you will get an email alerting you to a post and you won’t have to check in like a stalker everyday 🙂
    Happy 5th Benita and get out there and enjoy!!!!!

  • Jane says:

    Totally understand your decision. As much as I like to start my day with your refreshing blog, I fully support your decision of “living a little bit more”. You know what’s best for you. I look forward to reading your blog posts anyway, and I’m sure they’ll reflect a more relaxing, more happy life of yours.

  • Kim says:

    Your blog has been wonderful. It is totally understandable that you need to take a step back. As they say less is more, and I think your posts will be even better when you can post as you do a project rather than be forced to post something because you need one for the day. I agree with others that you are truly talented and I have enjoyed reading!

  • PILI SEBASTIAN says:

    Querida Benita:
    has sido mi referencia en muchas cosas, me has descubierto muchas cosas y abro tu blog cada mañana para ver tus post.
    Todavía sigo esperando tus novedades cuando odificas algo en la casa, el jardín, etc. y así luego lo hago en mi casa, gracias a ti he aprendido que nosotras tambié podemos hacerlo.
    Gracias por tu tiempo, te echaré de menos, desde España:
    Pili

  • Kelly says:

    It sounds like you’re choosing the best of both worlds Benita and your readers can only benefit from such a choice. If you are doing more things that interest you and make you happy your posts, if more occasional, will be even that more interesting. I look forward to an occasional post and hearing about how you will fill your new ‘time spaces’ with fun and relaxation. Thanks for being such an inspiration!

  • Lucy says:

    This is such a good decision for you, I’m so glad – enjoy your time and soak it up. We’ll all manage with whatever you post, however often or sporadic that is.

  • Celine says:

    This is my first ever comment but I have been following your blog for some time and always found the inspiration to de clutter, organise my house better, go back to natural and simplicity…! Good luck with the never ending learning circle, going out with friends etc…Enjoy life!
    celine

  • Claudia Martins Dietrich says:

    It’s kind of sad, but I do understand and support your decision. Enjoy!

  • Marie-Claude says:

    I have followed you from Canada for more than a while now… your blog beeing the first thing I read in the morning! You’ve done a great job and you deserve more time for yourself: so have fun and write a little to us when you feel like it! (and don’t forget to include your furry family and growing man:)
    thanks for all!
    Marie-Claude

  • NancyV998 says:

    Benita, I’ve been with you for a long time, and although I’ll miss your frequent posting, I think you’ve made a great decision. What pressure to have been under, for a hobby blog! Enjoy your next phase. Thank you so much for this wonderful gift you’ve been giving us.

  • Zosia says:

    Benita, thank you for your posts for the five last years. You are an inspiration! Although, I will miss my daily dose of Chez Larsson, I completely understand and wish you all the best in pursuing all your “life” goals. I am glad, you are not quitting blogging completely. Looking forward to seeing your posts whenever they appear.

  • Danielle says:

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your daily posts over the past few years, but as a former (short lived) blogger myself, I completely understand your need to take some time for yourself! I’m constantly striving to achieve a better life/work balance so kudos to you! 🙂

  • Chaley says:

    Yours is the first blog I check every morning. I am going to miss that start to my day. That said, I am happy for you in finding the balance you need. I don’t think I could blog five days a week. I look forward to reading in whatever manner you continue!

  • Pauline says:

    I am an early morning reader too: In my bed on the ipad, with a coffee and Chez Larsson a great way to start the day 🙂
    As everyone has already thank you so much for the past five years. On a totally selfish note I would much prefer less of you than this becoming a professional blog because I don’t know of any professional blog that hasn’t gone totally down hill once that step has been taken.

  • Rene Lee says:

    I wish you the best, Benita. Go enjoy! I look forward to seeing what new adventures you have, when you get the occasion to give us a peek.

  • Lauren E. says:

    Hi, Benita.
    Your blog is my first stop every morning as I settle into my work day. I will miss the daily dose of organization, inspiration, and beautiful photography! But wish you and your family the best as you take time to enjoy life. Thanks for everything!

  • Lisa says:

    I, too, will miss starting the day with Chez L, but understand the quest for balance. I’ll look forward to being a continued fan of Chez L (and of course Mini & Bonus) whenever it is available!

  • Sandy (USA) says:

    Oh how I hate my crazy all over the place hormones that get me teary eyed at the drop of a hat! I LOVE your unfussy (is that a word?) blog! I will miss you in the mornings before I start my work day, BUT, I’m so very happy for you at the same time. I will definitely check for your posts periodically and without a doubt go back and re-read the old posts (which I love). Kisses and hugs to Bonus and Mini …. extra wet one to Bonus please! 🙂 Congrats on the 5 years and thank you for sharing. BTW – Congratulations to Wille also for when he graduates, if he hasn’t already.

  • tia says:

    I shouldn’t read your blog every morning when I get to work, but I have enjoyed seeing your pictures and watching you transform your home. Thank you!

  • Katie says:

    Your are my inspiration, I learned so much from your blog. You turned my cloudy days into happy, calm and organized spaces.
    Thank you so very much, I understand you need more ‘me’ time, we all do.

  • Manuela Kleiser says:

    Hi Benita,
    no matter how often and what you blog …. your satisfaction is going on .. but I’m totally glad that you do not stop! Would miss you very much! I “follow” you for all the years.
    Unknown Regards to Willi, Bonus, Mini and especially to you!
    LG from the Black Forest
    ela

  • Michelle of Montreal says:

    Thanks Benita for everything you have shared with us over the last five years. I’d always been in awe of your ability to do all those projects, maintain the blog, work a job, be a mom and everything.
    Take the time you need to live the life you want for yourself. It’s a lesson all of us should learn. I’ll just have to wean myself off of checking the blog every single morning.
    Good luck, have fun and see you ’round!
    Michelle

  • Oh my! I’ll miss my morning coffee & a visit w Benita… But I totally understand your decision. If you take up a new craft or skill I hope you’ll share the progress with us. I’ll sign up to receive notes when a new blog post appears! Thank you for your inspiration! And sharing life & design from Sweden.

  • Anna says:

    Grattis, Benita!! Och stort tack….

  • JudyH says:

    I have been a long-time daily reader but have never commented. I love reading your blog and I always marveled at the time you have dedicated to it. I will be sad not to see a new post every day but I applaud your decision to devote more time other things that will make you happy. Thank you so much, you are an inspiration to all disorganized people!

  • Marlena says:

    Happy Blogaversary! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog over the years and will continue to read whenever you post!

  • Ich habe gestern auf expli.de durch Zufall Deine Einträge gefunden (ich suchte nach Inspiration für eine neue selbstgebaute Garderobe). Ich war erst irritiert und dachte, jemand würde Deine Ideen (samt Bildern) klauen. Aber dann kam mir in den Sinn, dass Du vermutlich ja auch Deutsch sprichst. Ich meine, mich zu erinnern, dass Du mal von einer Zeit in Deutschland berichtet hast.
    Jedenfalls habe ich es in den letzten Jahren sehr genossen hier täglich (ja wirklich!) vorbeizuschauen. Deine Kontinuität hat mich in dieser unverbindlichen Internetwelt immer ein bisschen beruhigt. Und Deine Disziplin habe ich immer bewundert.
    Aber ich verstehe, Deine Beweggründe und ich bin sehr sehr froh, dass Du nicht komplett zu bloggen aufhörst. 🙂
    Ich werde hier weiter still mitlesen. Ich liebe Deinen Stil und Deine Kreativität! Danke dafür!
    In case you don’t understand German, I will be happy to translate it for you. 🙂

  • Norma says:

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaa……..I’m sad for me but so happy for you!!! So generous of you just to share your thoughts and choices but of course you need to do all these lovely things your mention. Enjoy and I’ll still be here reading.

  • Mira says:

    Happy 5th blogversary!!!! I’ve been reading your blog for almost four years now and I enjoyed the fact that you always stayed just a blogger while a lot of other homey and DIY bloggers were turning professional. Thank you for great experience, knowledge, and laughter you provided during these years. Have fun in your PJ’s on Sunday afternoon from now on!

  • ~Michelle says:

    I understand. But I will miss my daily posts. I remember when I discovered your blog a couple of years ago, from a picture on Pinterest. And then I read it from the beginning. It was a plethora of riches!
    You have really changed the way I think about the home. For the whole time I’ve been reading you. I didn’t have a real home. I could not unpack, organize or DIY anything. Now that I have a new place I’ve been doing things like taking care of the garden and the front, organizing things, and thinking about painting. You make it look so do-able.
    Thank you, Benita.
    Also at this point your new place is set up and there’s less maintenance so you might be running out of things to post about!

  • Lisa says:

    I absolutely adore you and your blog, and absolutely support your decision to get off the computer and LIVE more!! Wishing you well, and so glad you will post occasionally so your adoring fans can still keep up with your doings. <3

  • I think its a beautiful decision. I cut back this year, and have read so many blogs with women who are doing the same. In some ways I think less posts means more time to develop content–a very good thing. xo julia

  • Kay Bierd says:

    Love, love, love your blog. My morning is get coffee, read your blog and sometimes check news. Totally understand the why of cutting back but will miss it. I will still check everyday for awhile as that is my routine but am excited for you. Plus I feel confident that you’ll share what you learn. Still a devoted fan regardless or your regularity!

  • Nancy in Canada says:

    Ditto to all of the sentiments that have already been mentioned. Your blog has been part of my morning ritual for several years now and is going to be missed as my daily dose of Sweden, but when it does appear, it will be extra appreciated. I can’t wait to hear what you end up doing with your free time as you always inspire us with your various projects, not to mention the glimpses of your Swedish life and culture. Congratulations on your anniversary and let the next chapter begin!

  • Marianne says:

    I always wonder how people with a full time job can keep blogging every day! I surely can’t and I also don’t want to. Blogging should be fun and no task. I am looking forward to your posts, whenever they appear in my reader.

  • Maura says:

    I want to echo what everyone else has said. I appreciate you opening your home and life to us these past 5 years, and I wish you the best of everything. I think, while I will miss your daily posts, your blog will only get better when you are posting as the mood and subject matter strikes! I can’t wait to see what comes next!

  • brunette says:

    Of course, I am a little disappointed, but I totally understand that you want to have a little more time to spend in “real life”. Enjoy!
    Still looking forward to your posts! 🙂

  • Pamela says:

    Congratulations Benita!
    I have been here since almost day 1 so I am going to have major withdrawal symptoms! 😀

  • Chris says:

    This is fantastic news! I have been finding myself drifting offline more and more these days…it is a positive thing to want more time offline to pursue what you love.
    Good for you! Much love and support.

  • Kattis says:

    Phew, vilken tur trodde för en stund att du skulle sluta helt 😉
    Klokt beslut! Kommer dock sakna dina många inlägg men önskar dig lycka till med dina nya utmaningar.
    Kram Katrin

  • Márcia says:

    Congrats for your 5th blogersary!
    I don’t really do the wonderful things you’ve been doing in your home but it sure gave me great ideas and i’m very greatful for that. I’m also happy for knowing you will live a bit more and i specially love the part when you say you will learn new stuff this is very important. Congratulations for your decisions, i will miss seeing posts everyday but i probably will come in here everyday just the same 🙂
    Márcia.

  • AnneinPortland says:

    Benita,
    I want to add my voice and thanks to the list. You have been so honest, friendly and positive with all of us – I’m sure many of us regard you as an on-line friend! I love going through your archives – they stand the test of time.
    Go have fun and live your life! It will be a treat to see a post from you in my in-box.

  • Holland says:

    Completely in your corner, Benita. Why not relax and adopt a flex-schedule? Most bloggers I follow do and my joy in them is not diminished by their randomly spaced posts. Enjoy your life away from the keyboard!

  • Beatrice says:

    Först och främst, stort GRATTIS till 5 fantastiska år! Jag har inte varit med alla 5 men inte långt därifrån 😉 och är djupt imponerad av att du orkat lägga så ofantligt mycket tid på underbart inspirerande inlägg. Det är fullt begripligt att du vill ha tid för dig och det är dig väl förunnat. Hoppas du får hänga med kompisar och lära dig allt vad du nu känner för. Givetvis kommer jag att sakna dina dagliga inlägg men skulle abstinensen bli för stor mellan inläggen så finns det ju enormt mycket godbitar att gå tillbaka till. Njut nu av en skön sommar (hoppas vi ;)) och klia missarna lite från mig :).
    Kram från Västkusten

  • Kelly says:

    Dear Benita,
    Your blog was the one that began my love of blog reading – i am so very grateful for all your posts and understand completely your need to change and move forward! Thank you so very much for all your writing, time and commitment. I look forward to your future posts whenever they occur. You are an inspiration to me and, i’m sure, to many many others!

  • Ute says:

    Thank you for sharing five years with us, especially for your sincerity. nichtdestotrotz i will visit you regularly, there are a lot of posts worth to read them twice or three times, love from germany, Ute

  • Benita ~ Chez Larsson says:

    Thank you all so much for the sweet comments and encouragements! I love you guys!

  • RebeccaNYC says:

    The honor has been all mine! Thank you for your generosity in the past 5 years, you have inspired me endlessly, and I can never thank you enough. What ever you do with your blog, I am grateful for. Onward!

  • Maine says:

    Din blogg är den jag alltid läser först av alla på min lista, och när jag läste ditt inlägg nu och såg varthän det barkade… så blev jag så glad att du inte ska lägga ner helt! (hann bli lite orolig där medan jag läste). Njut av mer fritid! Jag kommer självklart att fortsätta följa chezlarsson!

  • Susan says:

    I live in Vancouver, Canada so for many years have enjoyed your blog while having my first cup of coffee. However ,life changes and you must stay true to yourself. Wille is growing up and that will bring changes in your life. My kids are 20 and 18 lovely young adults not that I see them that often anymore….Thank-you for all that you have shared. Thank-you for continuing to blog as much or as little as that maybe.

  • jfullick says:

    You’re blog has kind of been like an anchor for me as over the past five years I’ve changed jobs, houses and had a child. I’m now entering a new phase in life where I can think of the things I really want to do and what and who is important- what is valued(have an amazing family, in a job that I love, going back to school, have friends that I adore, etc)- and I’ve been making these kind of changes, too- so the timing is just very cool. I like it a lot that you will continue to inspire me on this new track we both are on! Cheers to you from Chicago!

  • Victoria says:

    Yours are the first blog I always go to. I will really, really miss our daily posts if you cant do them anymore. Can you find a way to give up the day job and just do this? Youve got such a talent, great sense of style, and amazing DIY and photography skills, please keep sharing them. It would be such a waste not to! With thanks for all the inspiration from London xxx

  • Trixie Belden says:

    I am glad you are slowing down and enjoying life. Don’t stop entirely … your posts are too good! But having a fixed schedule is no fun. Good for you! I will still read whenever I see a new post!

  • Valerie says:

    Dear Benita,
    HOORAY! I found the “subscribe by email” link you mentioned, and now I can read you whenever you feel like you have something you want to share. It will be like hearing from a dear, old friend and very special when you do post! 🙂

  • I wisch you good times in “real life” and hope to hear from you occasionally!
    Ursel

  • Melissa Lane says:

    Isn’t it amazing to see how you have touched so many of us. I only discovered you recently so the good news for me is that I haven’t read all the archives yet. Just seeing pictures of tiny bits of your home are calming. Best wishes for life!

  • kelley says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever commented before but I simply had to this time. Thank you for not giving up on blogging! While I dread the end of the weekend, knowing that you would have a post up on Monday morning made the beginning of the week much more pleasant. Enjoy your free time and have fun being spontaneous!

  • April says:

    Best wishes, Benita. I didn’t realize until this post today just how long I’ve been reading your blog. Thank you for it. Yours are one of the few blog archives I find myself visiting again and again for ideas and inspiration, so I will have to make good use of them in your absence! I hope you enjoy your free time to the fullest, but that you won’t stay away too much.

  • ana v. says:

    Chez Larsson was the first blogs I started following and love it. I understand the decision and I will continue following. Be Happy
    kiss from Portugal

  • heatherly says:

    Love love love your blog!! It’s my very favorite. When I found you about a year ago I went back and read all your previous posts. I am so sad that you will not be posting regularly. But so happy that you are not stopping altogether. That said, I totally understand your decision. Life and family come first!!!

  • Renee' says:

    As much as I will miss receiving daily updates from you, I understand completely. I have often wondered how you managed to work full time, blog daily, work on projects, raise a son, etc. As difficult as it sometimes can be, change is a necessary fact of life. I wish all of the best for you and I look forward to receiving posts whenever. Thank you for sharing so many great ideas and inspiring me. Good luck in your new and exciting adventures!

  • Fabra DiPaolo says:

    You and your blog are amazing! I read it everyday but am happy to read it no matter what the frequency! Thank you for creating such a quality blog.
    Best wishes

  • katie says:

    aaah Benita! i will second what i read at least once in the comments: SOMEONE PICK HER UP! you would make someone millions (or you could make millions? i’m not sure how it all works in internetland!) by blogging or whatever!!!
    i, too, read you daily. if i’m ever gone from home, i read all i’ve missed in my absence! i have not missed a post in 3 years!!! YOU were my inspiration to move to a smaller home…downsizing, decluttering..painting everything white. seriously. i now have a CONDITION. chez larsson-itis! my kids tease me about all the white. I. LOVE. WHITE. now.
    so, i too, will miss you benita! but i (too) will go back and re-read what originally inspired me to be an organized, white-housed diva!
    you totally have my blessing! onward and upward! God bless!!
    love you!
    katie in the desert of eastern WA

  • Maddux says:

    Benita, you’ve given your readers so much of yourself, for free no less, and with great thought and care. Thank you. As a daily reader, I’ll definitely miss you but I’ll check in frequently to see how you’re doing. All the best, M.

  • CandyK says:

    Thank you so much for sharing so much of yourself and your home with us all.. The next stage sounds exciting, the archives will always be there to look back on… the best for the future.
    CandyK, Melbourne, Australia

  • Olivia says:

    Dear Benita, I chanced upon your blog 4 years ago whilst googling Scandi interiors for my first matrimonial home. Since then, I have been your avid reader and I follow you on Pinterest too! I love your style, your taste and your slight OCD =p (I’m the same). I will miss reading about your home improvements, Mini/ Bonus and Wille and everything else that you so eloquently blog about on a daily basis. Do enjoy your freed-up time and hopefully I’ll still see you here occassionally. Miss you already! – Olivia from Singapore

  • Loretta says:

    Happy anniversary, Benita! I have enjoyed your blog for over three years now. And I am one of the many who starts every day with reading your blog. I will miss your daily posts, but I will also enjoy reading your updates, whatever the frequency. The insight you have provided into life in Sweden has provided me so much pleasure. You have also been a true inspiration in how you create your wonderful living environment. I wish you great fun in your creative explorations! Loretta, Denver CO

  • cath w says:

    Will miss your posts but completely understand. Have you considered instagram? A really really quick and easy way to share photos and thoughts- no more sitting at the computer for hours.Anyway – go! Live! Be happy! 🙂 Catherine x

  • Gudrun says:

    Takk for at du har åpnet hjemmet ditt for oss 🙂 Og takk for råd per mail tidligere. Lykke til med endringer. Klem fra G

  • Natalia says:

    I will miss your post with my mormning coffee, but I am looking forward for any surprise post there will be. You are great blogger and inspiration! Congratulations on your blog anniversary!

  • Laura says:

    We all need change from time to time and I think your photography skills are great already. I didn’t realise you could tell some of us were reading your blog over coffee in the morning…

  • Annika says:

    Will read and appreciate your posts whenever they arrive! Happy 5th and thank you for a lot of inspiration!

  • Monica says:

    Phew! SO glad we will continue to hear from you, I am in US and found you about three years ago. I feel like I have learned a lot about Sweden and the slight differences between Swedish and US culture from you. I recently found out that I will be traveling to Stockholm for buisness in the near future and my first thought was about how I get to see where Benita lives! Thanks for you past, current and future devotion to your readers- you have made a difference!

  • Debbie from Chicago says:

    Benita, thank you for all your dedication to your blog, you have spoiled us with your daily posts. I do understand why you want cut back on your posting. Big hugs to you! 🙂

  • Gül says:

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    Your time and efforts are much appreciated, indeed. Thanks for being there.
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  • Julia Gibb says:

    Yep, this has been a morning ritual for me too! A dose of calm and INSPIRATION to start the day off with. This year I was finally diagnosed with fairly severe ADD. It has plagued me my whole life, and I could never understand why I couldnʻt get organized, why my brain melted down when facing organizational tasks, and why I could never finish anything! This blog has helped me to understand how minimizing could help me with those overwhelmed feelings. Now with various “tools” at my disposal (I decided to try medication), I am on a path now to vastly improve my life and surroundings. Now I feel like I can actually achieve some of the things I want for myself! Though my “after” pics still look like your “before, before, before” pics sometimes, haha! Anyway, thank you so much. I canʻt tell you how much this blog has meant to me. I will definitely keep checking in here, and maybe looking back over old posts.

  • Siiri says:

    Even though I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog five times a week, I’m kind of looking forward to this change. It’s exciting 🙂 What will happen? The best of luck to you Benita!

  • Isabel says:

    Dear Benita Your blog is the one I visit first… I really love it and I’ll miss your posts very much. I probabaly will come here every day to see if you felt like posting 🙂
    Love from Lisbon

  • Amy says:

    Enjoy your time! I will look forward to the posts you do make, but I’m glad you will be doing things for yourself!

  • Kate says:

    Of course! You definitely need to put yourself before your blog, and while I’ll miss your posts, I’ll be all the happier knowing you’re back in the world, more. Take care, Benita.

  • Koliti says:

    Hi Benita! Go where your heart is calling – it’s nice to shake things up a bit to keep your journey rut-free 🙂
    Happy adventures to you! From Tucson, Arizona.

  • Georgia says:

    As a busy working mom of twins, your blog and my first cup of coffee were how I settled into each work day after the morning chaos.
    I am happy that you are seeking balance in your life because it’s something that you helped me achieve in mine. Your blog inspired me to find beauty and peace in the sorting and organization of everyday home life.
    Thank you!

  • Lesley says:

    You got me started on reading blogs, about a year ago, leading me to others that I also read each day. Yours starts my 10am coffee break each day – I will likely keep doing that and delight in the days that there are updates. I’m sure they will be chock full of goodies, eye candy and ideas.

  • Pernilla says:

    Hej! Jag har följt dig i ca två år men aldrig kommenterat tidigare då andra redan hunnit säga det jag också tänkt. Även om det även idag sagts tidigare så vill jag också säga tack för all inspiration och som någon skrev: Saknar man dina inlägg är det bara att börja om från början så har vi fem års bloggläsande framför oss. 🙂
    Vänliga hälsningar,
    Pernilla

  • Thanks for all your posts and it’ll be lovely to read about your new phase. I feel really happy for you reading this – experience, enjoy and escape xo

  • Peggy says:

    I am simultaneously sad for myself and your audience while still being overjoyed you with your new adventures! Thank you for your constant presence this past five years! It has been–and I hope will intermittently continue to be–a joy!

  • Kathia says:

    This is my favorite blog, the first I read everyday. I love your house, your cats, your organizing tips. But I understand your reasons, of course, your deserve to live your life with your family and friends, to learn new things and enjoy your free time. I’ve learned a lot with you. Thanks for being part of my life for the last four years. Thank you so much! And, please, don’t forget us completely, say hello sometimes.
    Kisses from Brazil

  • Caroline says:

    I am so happy for you! You deserve to hang out with friends more, and get into photography more, and to do pottery! Yay for you!
    I love your blog, and for me along with others, it is the first one I want to see. I will happily adjust to your new directions. I can deal – I will just think of you having more leisure time and fun adventures.
    Take us on your adventures with you when you can, it will be fun to hear from you, as always.

  • Jackie O says:

    I will certainly miss reading your blog every day. Thanks for sharing so much with us! You are the best!

  • Holly says:

    Sounds like a great plan! Enjoy! I’ll keep checking in and I’m sure many others will do the same. Thank you for everything you have shared. You are an inspiration in so many ways.

  • Anne says:

    Det blir bra! Mer tid för mig ;). Jag hänger på keramikkursen. Kramar för att du tog beslutet!

  • jja says:

    “So what will I do with my freed up time? Like I said at the end of last year I’d like to spend more time hanging out with friends, going places, learning new stuff. I hope to brush up on my photography and editing skills (RAW finally!), maybe take a pottery class, spend a lot of time outdoors in summer and even spend some Sundays just lounging around in my pjs without five posts to prepare for the upcoming week. Live a little bit more basically.”
    Bravo! Really wise decision! And my congrats on 5th birthday!
    We will miss you, but for having more time for real life makes me feel happy for you! It would be nice to get a post from you from time to time 🙂

  • Lauren McF says:

    Dear Friend Across the World,
    Your blog is a wonder, but Benita, it’s not the blog that’s the gift, it’s you.
    And you’re still Benita 24/7.
    So guess what? We still get you and you get you. Win::Win.
    Fly and be free. It’s time.
    Lauren

  • Carin says:

    Grattis till 5 år Benita! What a fantastic journey you’ve been on for the past five years. Writing such high quality posts 5 days a week for 5 years is an amazing achievement. I totally understand that you need to slow down your blogging a bit now. Well done on reaching a decision that is great for you. Kramar.

  • t says:

    Good for you, Benita! While I enjoy your daily posts, I can understand your need to put less time into blogging.
    Take time for you and do more of the things you love and make you happy.
    Best, Tisha

  • Liz says:

    Congrats on 5 years! Do what’s right for you….I’ll continue to watch for posts!

  • kanny says:

    Sad to hear that but I totally understand you. Your blog is so inspirational. Cheers to you from Bangkok, Thailand

  • Laurie says:

    Just started reading your blog last August and I can’t tell you how much it has inspired me. I have accomplished more since August than I have in years around my house. (I have A LOT more to do but you have given me the push I needed-and faith in myself.) THANK YOU SO MUCH! Laurie (In the American South-Georgia-you have followers everywhere!)

  • ibabe says:

    It is more or less since I discovered blog world, started to think about writting, and get inspired everyday by the simple and beautiful life.
    Thanks so much!

  • Christine says:

    I love your blog. It is one of the few blogs I enjoy reading all the time. But you should never stress or compromise your life over it. I still want to read it. It doesn’t matter if it’s once a week or once a month. Do it all you want or as little as you want. We will love it just the same!

  • Lisa W. says:

    You seem to do everything that you do for the right reasons. I applaud your style, your spirit and your decision! I’ve visited your blog with some regularity now, for well over a year and while other blogs have waxed and waned in my favor, Chez Larsson has been a consistent favorite. A huge “THANKS” for sharing so much of yourself and your talents. You will continue to be an inspiration. More cheers from Chicago!

  • Missy says:

    Well, it has been two days and I just keep telling myself you are on vacation. 🙂 As long as you don’t stop completely I think I’ll make it. I wish we could all afford to pay you so you could stay home and write and inspire us to do better with our homes. Damn economy!
    I hope you have a happy weekend and have lots to share with us next time.

  • Jennifer says:

    Good! I’ll see you when I see you, meanwhile – you follow your bliss!

  • Corina says:

    Oh..wow, I will miss this nice, clean, orderly,disciplined corner of the world!!! You have inspired me and many others in many ways. Good luck and many thanks.
    I think I’ll re read your blog from the beginning then…

  • Linda Wilke says:

    Good for you Benita! I have just returned from a wifi-less holiday and the first thing I do (after my emails) is to read your blog. I will miss your frequent posts and just hope you will keep it up even if it’s only once or twice a week!
    Good luck with all you plans and have a great summer!

  • elizabeth says:

    No, I am not happy for you that you are taking time off from your blog. I fear something is wrong and I hope I am wrong. Benita, if all is well and you only need some “me” time-GREAT. But I cannot imagine you looking for less work. You are the workhorse of all workhorses. If all is not well, I am thinking of you and wish all the best for you. I am so sorry to see you go to a less frequent blog and it will be a loss for those of us who check with you daily. Be well, friend, and a New York “Yo” to Willy……:(

  • Elisabeth – I’m afraid you ARE wrong. I’m totally fine, I just want time for other things than blogging :).

  • Melissa says:

    Benita, I am happy you are taking your life in a new direction, and so sad to not have you around to inspire me every day anymore! It has truly been a pleasure and an honor to read your blog, to watch your life unfold, as mine was doing the same. You offered smiles when I was lacking them, inspiration when I required it, you made me see just how much a woman can really do on her own, and made me realize that I needed to get out of the rut I was in when I first found you! All I can truly say is Thank you. You have no idea how much you have changed and impacted my life, in so many small and subtle ways. I appreciate everything you said and did, every incredible photo. Thank you!!!!

  • Susan says:

    I will miss your regular daily posts – even though I often only had the chance to check in a couple of times a week. But I honour your decision to free up more time for other recreation. It’s a wonderful blog and will remain so, I’m sure. Best wishes from London

  • Alison V. says:

    Thanks for all the inspiration. Enjoy your summer! Your new posts will be a pleasant surprise when they arrive.

  • Andrea says:

    It’s great that you could rearrange your priorities. I can’t imagine how you could manage a son, a home, a full time job and such a great blog. Thanks for all the great advice you so generously have shared with us and thanks for this lesson: first, life.
    Congratulations from Buenos Aires!

  • Icka says:

    Tack för fem fantastiska år! Har läst dig sedan starten och fått massor av inspiration från dig genom åren. Kommer att fortsätta kika in här emellanåt! Lycka till med vad du nu vill ägna tid åt istället. Ha en härlig sommar till att börja med!

  • karen says:

    I’ll miss you! Thank you for the peek Chez Larsson. You did such a good job with this that I thought it *was* a professional blog! And I mean it in the best way possible. Please do keep us updated on you and your family. Hope to see you soon.

  • jja says:

    Hm somehow my comment couple of days ago wasn’t posted after all…anyway my congrats on those great five years, thanks for all the inspiration and have fun with your nice – wise! – decisions! You will stay the frist blogger on my blog list, because you are simly the best!

  • Marisa says:

    Hi Benita, as you i’m also one of the persons that have to write just one post for a week insted of 5 or 7. When we’ve blogs 5, 6 or more years in a rol it’s difficult keep the same entusiasm all that months, perhaps in some months we post 30 posts and in others just 2 or 3. Like in life we don’t have the same mood every day. I will peek your blog every week, to find all the great transformations in your life.
    A big kiss from a blogger from Portugal

  • Joan says:

    good for you! live real life and be off the computer 🙂 we’ll just appreciate you when you appear!

  • I understand everything about your situation! Although I almost completely cut down on reading blogs, yours is one of the few I keep reading.
    I stopped blogging on a regular base a couple of weeks ago, too, because I felt of it more and more as a chore and not the fun it was in the beginning.
    Enjoy real life, Benita – that’s what it is all about! 😉
    Maja

  • Ledda says:

    Dear Benita: i´ve been following your blog since mids of last year. Someday I realized it was awkward reading you “backwards” (I mean, from most recent to past LOL) so I took the time during weekends to go to the Archive and read “in the propper order” (from the beginning of the blog) I must say that I admire you: your commitment to keep everything organized & clean, your spirit to face a work -even admiting your big fails haha… and you really inspire me. I´m from all across the world: NW of Argentina… warm kisses to you, your son and “the furry family members” Mini & Bonus from here. Ledda

  • Teresa says:

    Hi Benita, go and follow your heart, I wish you the best 🐱