Drum roll please!!!!
We’ve been in our new minimalist New York apartment (650 sq ft!) in Brooklyn for almost 2 weeks, and I figured—what the heck—I’ll show y’all what it looks like.
Overall, it’s wayyyy more modern than what we envisioned. But this is the place that is letting us bring 3 dogs, and it’s got this amazing natural light and a patio. So it’s where we are! 🙂
I was thinking of waiting to share pics with you until we’d gone back to Texas to get more of our things, like the blender and something (anything!) to put on the walls…but then I started thinking about minimalism, and tiny living, and I feel like it’s a good idea to show you what this place looks like with just the basics.
You’ve probably heard about Marie Kondo at this point, and the whole idea of getting rid of every object in your life that doesn’t bring you joy. (If not, you gotta read The Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up.) Or you’ve read about the Tiny House Movement, or you’ve gotten interested in the idea of selling all your stuff and living on the road. (We cheated—we lived on the road but didn’t actually sell all our stuff. It was waiting for us at home.)
My husband recently watched a documentary about minimizing, he dove in head first (he came to NYC with a roller bag and a backpack).
I don’t know about you, but for me, downsizing is REALLY difficult.
I think it’s rooted DEEP, and goes back to a time growing up when my family didn’t have enough (like we didn’t know if we’d have gas to drive somewhere, or it was cold because we couldn’t afford to turn on the heater, or we couldn’t buy groceries till the next paycheck and got casseroles delivered from friends). Because of that, I think I’ve adopted a mindset of scarcity, so I’m afraid that if I get rid of something, I won’t have it when I really need it.
In other words, I could totally be a hoarder.
So all this moving around has been good for me. It forced me to actually put some of those minimalist ideas into practice, and I’m feeling the benefits.
For example, instead of watching mindless TV, I come home and play guitar. And it takes very little time to clean this whole place, so me and husband get to go work out together, cook, and do other fun stuff on weekends.
To give you a sense of how accidentally minimalist we are, here’s the list of every item we have in our kitchen (excluding perishables):
1 beautiful white pot
1 basic stainless steel pot
1 baking sheet
3 wooden spatula/spoon thingies
4-pack set of cutlery
1 set of nesting measuring spoons
1 set of nesting measuring cups
1 can opener
1 chef’s knife
1 serrated knife/bread knife
1 set of 3 stainless steel nesting bowls
3 bamboo cutting boards (these kinda suck)
3 thrifted dinner plates
2 thrifted small plates
2 thrifted bowls (including the corn bowl)
3 thrifted coffee mugs
3 thrifted glasses
2 thrifted “wine glasses”
Some random storage containers leftover from takeout
And in terms of everything else?
Human bed (+ bedding) with magical disappearing drawers underneath
It seems like a lot when you list it out like that, but at home a list that long would have probably covered one cabinet.
And the only things I’m really missing? Besides our other 2 doggies, the blender, the pasta machine, the rice maker, the food processor, the skillet, the dutch oven, a trashcan…HA! All kitchen equipment. Are you surprised? Maybe I’ll never be a minimalist in that department…
Anyway, for all you tiny livers and downsizers out there—was it hard for you to minimize? Is there anything you miss having around?
And for everyone else—have you ever thought about downsizing? Or going minimalist? Or, are you like me, and for one (probably psychological) reason or another, getting rid of stuff is really hard for you?
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