As you may know, I’ve taken on the task of decluttering my entire apartment one room at a time. This is all in an effort to live a more simple, “minimalist” life! By getting rid of the extra “stuff” in each room, I’m aiming to gain clarity and calmness in each space. On today’s list: The Living Room!
My boyfriend and I live in a one bedroom apartment. I’ll take this moment to mention that he has so few possessions that you can’t even see his things in most of my photos (that or he’s imaginary, you decide). So when I go through each room and say I’m throwing out X amount of stuff, that’s all my junk that I’m throwing out. This cleaning spree has shown me just have much more clutter I collect than he does!
Our living room and kitchen are open-concept but I’m cleaning each room separately. For the living room I’m including our storage closet, a desk with 8 cubbies, a dresser and a TV stand with 2 cubbies.
So…how much junk did I find?
Number of items I got rid of: Over 130!
(About 80 items will be donated and roughly 50 items went into the trash)
Time spent: Several afternoons.
Biggest challenge: The toughest part was letting go of decor items that were super cute but just weren’t being used. Even though I like all my knick knacks, so many of them were hiding away in a box because I had no place for them. They weren’t bringing me joy at all.
So, with each item I honestly asked myself “Do I Love This?” and only kept the really special ones. Now that I have less decor pieces, the ones that I have stand out more when I look around the room. Double win! You can only have so many ornaments or candles in a room before it starts to feel cluttered. And only so many picture frames on your desk before you can’t even use it!
This is where I can see the impacts of minimalism really making a difference in our lives. Living with less literally allows us to use the space around us to its fullest potential. Once you declutter your desk, you now have an empty area available for your next creative project. And that’s priceless.
Here are some photos of the cleaning process so you can see just how real things got!
This was the “before” of our storage closet. A lot of us hide things we aren’t using into storage when we don’t have the heart to get rid of them. Go through your storage items and honestly ask yourself if you’ll be using these items in the future. If the answer is ‘no’, you know what to do!
Our living room dresser. What’s hiding in these junk drawers?
Going through junk drawers means getting down on the floor and diving in! Empty out your drawers completely and go through each item before putting anything back in the drawer.
It’s okay to keep things that seem silly as long as you enjoy them. I like doing crafts, so I kept this container of embellishments. But first, I emptied out the container and got rid of the pieces that I didn’t need. I had kept tons of glitter and tiny sequins in my art box for years when, I hate using them! Decluttering with mindfulness and intention goes a long way.
We used to have posters and flags hanging on the walls in an attempt to add style to the room. But unless you really enjoy the pieces on your wall, they only add clutter to your space. I’m loving how clean and calm the room looks with bare walls.
With the living room done, I’m letting go of more than 130 more things from my life. Among the things I got rid of were: DVDs, books, 5 candle holders and several unopened pool toys purchased almost 5 years ago. Decluttering my apartment has got me asking, why do we hold on to material items so fiercely?
Up next is my kitchen – check out how that went here!
What are you letting go of today?