Hey everyone, I just got back from vacation and was completely disconnected from Internet for the entire week. The vacation was great, and I’m planning a video of how I packed light for the trip. I’m getting caught up on blogging, comments, and a few other odds and ends. I had a couple of requests to join our private Facebook group that were pending, and are now approved. One of the reasons we pursued the minimalist lifestyle was to make more time for activities, and vacations fit nicely in that category. I’m feeling recharged and ready to get back to blogging and coaching. (That first paragraph was written a week ago, I wanted to get our vacation stuff put away and get the living room back in order so I could take a picture of the space. This picture is our living room and dining area.)
When I arrived home I opened the door and got that peaceful feeling of being home again. Part of that is because we did a good cleaning before we left, part of it is because were pretty minimal so there isn’t much to clean anyway, and the other is because we don’t have a lot of extra furniture cluttering up the space.
The furniture thought struck me as I plopped down on the couch and looked around our apartment. Our Living Room contains an L-shaped couch, and a TV Stand with the accompanying TV. Our Dining area, which is attached to the Living Room contains a Table, and a small 3 drawer storage unit.
Something we don’t have that we see in many other homes are end tables and coffee tables.
The omission of tables in our home serves a dual role for us.
- First, it’s less furniture which creates an open feel in the space.
- Second, it reduces the number of places where clutter can collect.
I have a very distinct memory of stacks of paper clutter covering end tables in my childhood home. End tables and coffee tables feel like such a natural place to put things. It’s really easy to toss stuff on these tables and then forget about it. Before long you end up with piles of clutter and your not really sure where it came from.
Several years ago, when we were still in our house, we bought a new couch on craigslist. It was a really nice leather couch and looked super fancy. We went to the seller’s home to pick it up, and were quite impressed with the large, beautiful home… until we went inside. The home was easily 3000 square feet, maybe more, but it felt absolutely tiny inside. Any guesses as to why?
Every open space, hallway, and stairwell had a table. There were end tables, coffee tables, sofa tables, and console tables. We had to move two tables just to get the couch from the top of the stairs to the bottom of the stairs. I gathered that they enjoyed buying furniture in what little spare time they had.
Even before I started on the path towards minimalism, I started to see that too much furniture could easily make an large space feel small. I learned less is more when it comes to furniture. Buy the right size furniture for the space and make sure that every piece has a valid use or function.
What’s your furniture situation look like? Could you open up space and reduce clutter at the same time by getting rid of any furniture?