Halo everyone! This time I want to talk about something different: minimalism.
Last weekend, I spent the whole two days at home, planned to relax a bit since I had a pretty busy week and really need a nice of unwinding time. But as soon as I hit the bed, as usual my brain dancing around randomly.. Somehow my brain works best early in the morning after I just wake up, and the minutes before bed..
I looked around my room and realized I had moved to this new place for almost 10 months now, and there was still a cluttered corner in my room, and the room is not nicely composed yet. My queen size bed was placed on the corner next to the wall, so every time someone was sleeping over, I needed to roll my body to the corner next to the wall to made place for the guest. It faces the shower room (and toilet!, not good according to fengshui.. lol), and there was a huge round working table with standing lamp and a bulky (but actually comfortable) working chair in between the bed and the shower room. Next to the bed were my huge wardrobe, with some unused boxes and luggages on top of it, and shoes and cosmetic shelf next to the wardrobe. On the other corner of the room was the bookshelf, 3 unpacked boxes from my previous place, a huge painting and some wall art and photos from my travel and many other stuff cluttered that were really not pretty and bothered me so much.
I always always always hate too many stuff. I didn’t know how I surrendered to this new room for so many times without doing anything. Perhaps my work, new business (go check http://www.joylovetravel.com) as well as some travels from this year made me forgot to make my own bedroom as comfortable as possible. And have I mentioned now I live almost 30 km to work? Which in Jakarta.. it means 3-6 hours return commuting every single day.. SO yes, I forgot to declutter my own bedroom.
The first thing I did was: moving the cosmetic and shoes shelf to the left corner of my room (the opposite of the shower room) and hide it with my huge wardrobe, so the first thing you see from my room is not my messy shoes and cosmetic tubes. And for the bed, I made it facing the wardrobe and I put it a bit in center so it is accessible for 2 people easily, and it actually made my room looks more spacious and comfy. I then got rid off the boxes from the top of the wardrobe and throw them away, and put the luggage away in the other room. I also organized my clothes and resulted in some boxes of clothes that I no longer used or fit anymore! so I kissed such clothes goodbye and welcomed by more spacious wardrobe that looks nicer and will cause less headache every morning I will go to work.
So that corner is fine now, we move to other corner next to the shower room.. Oh my God, those boxes were junks! I removed most of the content and made those IKEA boxes as my new bag boxes, more spaces in the wardrobe, yeay! I then stacked the boxes next to my bed and my standing lamp to replace the bulky round table and working chair which I removed from the room along with the huge painting that didn’t really fit anywhere in the room. I am sorry you guys have to go outside..
Lastly.. organizing all the papers, junks, books and many stuff from my travels that was hard to let go in the past.. But now I realize the best thing is the memory that is stored in our mind. Let the clutters go away.
Now I get a nice, clean and spacious bedroom. I had to throw a lot of stuff, some may be donated, some may be just thrown away, but I am so in love with my new room! The lesser the better.
I think it is important to make your bedroom as comfortable as possible because it is supposed to be your sanctuary that should make you feel like at home. For me, I just realised last weekend, it is minimalist. I feel at ease to see that I don’t have many. Many overwhelms me.
I started to learn more about minimalism to check if this is really the lifestyle that I would enjoy.. If it is, I want to know more about how to make my life easier and more comfortable with less.
From what I read, there are a lot of rays of minimalism. The ‘real’ minimalists will go as far as only keeping less than 100 things, friend of less than 100 people, following less than 100 people in facebook.. and the list go on (for example, this list). But I don’t think I would enjoy that extremity.. So is the minimalist style is still for me?
Apparently based on this quiz, I am still a minimalist afterall! Eventhough I have many online friends and a bunch of apps on my phone, minimalist possession like clothes and shoes brings peace to my mind! And I found this blog: http://jennymustard.com/ which really describes minimalism that I would love to do. And she has some really nice tips on minimalism, saving money, minimalism interior and motivational videos on productivity, self love, how to be comfortable on your own skin and find your style, be happier and calmer person. I love it and really excited to learn more about the minimalism lifestyle that she and her fiance doing.
Are you minimalist? Do you love collecting things, or do things overwhelms and makes you restless? How do you like your bedroom looks like? Share with me on the comments below!