Too far but, man, those floors look nice.
This is the third in a series on decluttering in 2012 (wardrobe and books were the previous two). If you are looking to make 2012 your year of less stuff I hope you find some inspiration and ideas in these posts.
Almost a year ago we sold most of our bedroom furniture. We had reduced our wardrobes enough that most of it could fit in our closet. The furniture, while excellent quality, was far too large for our home. It was super home sized. It was made for a house with a large master bedroom. We lived in a condominium. The plan was to sell the five pieces and replace them with one small dresser and two night stands.
It was one of those win win Craigslist sales. The buyer had been looking for storage pieces that would match what she currently had and ours fit the bill to a tee. There wasn’t any negotiating because they were ecstatic to have found just what they needed. When the final piece was out the door and into their pick-up truck I got out the vacuum to clean the now mostly bare floors in our bedroom. The only piece of furniture left was the bed.
It felt great. Our too big furniture had made the room full small and stuffed. With most of it gone I felt a new sense of calm in the room.
A few weeks later the possibility of moving overseas came up so we never bothered to replace the night stand or dresser.
You don’t have to move to a bigger home to get more space.
If you’re getting rid of things don’t ignore the big stuff: furniture. Removing a few pieces from a room can give it a calmer feel and make it easier to navigate. As an apartment dweller I know all too well how easy it is to cram extra furniture into a room because you need it for storage.
My other advice on furniture: be patient. You’re not going to get rid of your excess in a weekend and you probably don’t have the funds lying around to switch out all of your big pieces for sleeker smaller units. Make a list for each room of your home and decide what stays, what stays for now and what goes. Then chip away at it over a year or more.
The irony to all of our downsizing and selling of furniture: we moved into a furnished rental in the UK. It’s a small two bedroom and all of the living room furniture is over-sized and scaled for a large house. Sigh.
Resources: I’m no interior decorator so I’ve added some links from experts, designers and parents.
“Keep it simple” is my motto. Sometimes, you need just a couple of things to make it personal. I like to keep rooms clear in order to make the house clean quickly. Such an ordinary reason!
- from a home tour on DesignMom: Living with Kids: Natasha Golota
The amount of stuff kept in the home is extremely minimal, and furnishings take on both functional and decorative purposes.
- from Apartment Therapy: A Minimalist Coutryside Home
Remember: adding warmth isn’t about adding stuff. An empty room with weathered wood floors and a single vase of flowers can be absolutely delightful. Rather, it’s about choosing our stuff with care, so that our homes are welcoming havens for our families, our guests, and ourselves. When you come home at the end of a long day, your space should always make you smile.
- from Miss Minimalist: Adding Warmth Without Adding Stuff
The world is your backyard — go play in it!: “Instead of thinking of your home as the place that meets all of your entertainment and recreation needs, think of it as a springboard that provides easy access to all of the enriching opportunities a city can provide. Use the library regularly instead of storing tons of books in your home. Visit nearby parks for outdoor time — and to meet other families in your neighborhood…”
- from Re-nest/Apartment Therapy: 7 Tips to Small Space Living with Kids *great ideas in this article
Anyone else sold or donated furniture, and not replaced it, in the last year? How did your home feel with less furniture in it?