Last week for #trashouttuesday I talked about how half of our downstairs was officially clutter free – part of our 31 days of freedom for our home experiment:
It’s been a week of living like this…and I LOVE IT!
My mom and aunt were no help. They sat in my living room saying over and over, “We miss all of your stuff!!”
And that was followed by, “We want to go through all of your things before you get rid of them!” hahahahah
I sure do love y’all 🙂
I’m enjoying this break. I’m dreaming about what it will look like when I do put stuff back. I like dreaming.
After I posted about my experiment on Facebook, one of my friends made a comment that has stuck with me ALL week long:
I’ve heard this term over and over the past few months. I’ve read a book about it. I’ve watched one of my favorite home designers create a course teaching people how to become more of a minimalist in their home – while keeping it cozy!
Jessica’s comment floated around in my brain all week.
“Yes, let’s try this, Starr.”
“But, let’s be real, Starr.”
There are only so many hours in the day (thus the reason you get this blog so late at night most nights because this is what I do at the end of the day after family and work stuff!!).
There are only so many days until your life gets a bit interrupted with a boy child (27 days to be exact, but who’s counting??).
There is TOO much stuff to tackle right now all at one time.
I started asking myself this question:
“Which area in my home would have the MOST impact if I focused and tried on living like a “minimalist” for a bit?”
Yes, in case you are wondering – these are the things that go on in my brain!
I’m becoming OK with the fact that our entire house will not be organized before our next child arrives. I’m even OK with the fact that I’ll likely not finish the nursery. Who cares?????
And the people that come to visit in the coming weeks/months might come over and see my naked house with no accessories. Totally OK with that too.
So, which room would I choose?
Our master bedroom.
This is where I will spend the most time in the coming weeks. It is such a great space, but it ALWAYS stays cluttered. Especially my side…
Time for being real on this blog and show you exactly where I started tonight at 7:30pm:
This is my nightstand:
Yeah. No comments, please people.
In direct comparison, this is my husband’s nightstand:
He. Makes. Me. Sick.
And this is a little shelf that holds crap. Crap I never use. I don’t know why. And why do I have crayons in a bowl??
This is my husband’s idea of clutter:
Again, no comment.
And this is my desk:
This look is actually CLEAN, because a few weeks ago I couldn’t use my desk. Ha!~
This is the couch at the end of the bed. I’m OK with these blankets and such because it means our 3 year old has learned how to crawl in this space in the middle of the night or early in the morning when she can’t sleep – instead of beside me and the hubby 🙂 And goodness gracious I don’t want any accidents on that couch, thus the blanket!!
I worked for an hour and a half solid tonight to get this place into minimalist living shape.
Here are the before and after shots (all taken with my iPhone mind you because I didn’t have time to pull the real camera out that I actually use for work and taking photos of houses…hah!).
The nightstand before and after:
I added a little side table to hold all of my junk and love that it is lower. I can’t reach the nightstand half of the time!
The desk before and after:
I turned it, got rid of ALL the junk and LOVE it so much better now.
Here is the random shelf before and after:
Ah, yes!! Baby no name Haigler can come anytime now! He has a place to sleep!
And here are the wide angle shots that I never usually take on this blog because there is junk in the corner. No junk now. It’s clean!!
I’m super pumped, y’all!
I may just stay here in this room for the next 27 days!!
Oh, and if you were wondering about the boring stool makeover from last night’s #makeovermonday post:
I ended up LOVING it:
Gotta run now and get this blog out so people don’t shoot me for sending a text too late 🙂
I dare you to try on a minimalist room in your home too! Let’s see how we like it!
Encouragement for the Day:
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