Something happened to me on Boxing Day. It’s as if the minimalism switch in my brain was unceremoniously turned off and I suddenly came to the realization that I no longer wanted to live in a barren apartment anymore.
Last year I prided myself on maintaining a minimalistic lifestyle. I (usually) only bought what I absolutely needed and I stuck to only furnishing my home with the absolute necessities. That meant no accent furniture and no extras. To give you an example, in my living room all I had was a media stand, a TV, and a two-seater sofa. That’s it. Nothing more and nothing less. Cleaning was an absolute breeze because there was nothing in my way whilst vacuuming and mopping the floors. There were also hardly any surfaces that gathered dust, so dusting only took me a couple minutes during my weekly cleaning routine.
But once Boxing Day rolled around, something happened and I immediately (mentally) hopped off the minimalism bandwagon. Seemingly out of nowhere it occurred to me that my apartment felt uninviting, cold, and barren. I took a look around and realized that my home was one hundred percent void of any personality, whimsy, and warmth. No wonder my family rarely ever came to visit – and when they did, they never stayed very long.
Thankfully, because my grandparents were so generous with me this past Christmas, I was able to put the situation to rights. I immediately logged onto Wayfair, Leon’s, and Canadian Tire and searched for furniture and decor that suited my tastes and personality. Here’s what I’ve managed to purchase so far:
- 1 Area Rug
- 1 Floor Lamp
- 1 Table Lamp
- 1 Armchair
- 1 Coffee Table
- 1 End Table
- 2 Bookshelves
To say that I’m loving my new pieces would be a vast understatement. I can’t tell you how much brighter and home-ier these additions have made my apartment! Now, when I come home from work, I actually look forward to unwinding on the sofa and feeling as if my house is an actual HOME. My living room doesn’t feel sparse anymore and I think it looks a hundred times more inviting than before.
I’m still waiting for a few pieces to arrive, but once I have everything installed, I’m hoping to post some room updates on here for you guys to see. Would that be something you’d be interested in seeing on here? If you follow me on Twitter, you may have already gotten a sneaky peek at my new set-up!
So yeah, nothing at all against minimalism in general, I just realized that it’s not for me. At least as far as home interiors go. I’m still going to continue living as a minimalist when it comes to spending and owning less stuff, but I’m going to give myself a break when it comes to making my house feel like a home. I’m fairly confident I can find a happy balance between the two (excess vs. minimalism).