Editing and Organizing your Stuff for Peace of Mind

Editing and Organizing your Stuff for Peace of Mind

Well into our second year of living in a much smaller space, we’ve decided that our ‘this will do for now’ approach needed to be reviewed.

Even though we have scaled back several times, the furniture we kept was re-purposed,  too big for the space and encouraged our hoarding tendencies. I also realized that we do not have things which go together, stored together.

Old FurnitureFor example our TV is sitting on an oak chest (making it very difficult to get anything out of the chest, by the way) while our movies are in a bed-side table re-purposed as an end table.  So we don’t watch our movies and probably we do not need anything that is being stored in the oak chest. Right now it is just a place for things to be put away and forgotten about. We also ended up with these two pieces which kept some office supplies and books, but contained, frankly, too much junk.

Although the goal of minimalism is to have less stuff, I don’t think there is anything inherently wrong with replacing things with those that are more functional and beautiful.  We gave away the larger dresser on the right, and the smaller dresser is (temporarily) in the bedroom.

Hemnes from IkeaWe replaced it all with this sleek setup from Ikea (Hemnes) that holds our greatly reduced office supplies in the cabinet with the solid door, while more decorative things are in the glass upper portion. I really wanted a lighter feel and this is white stained pine.

All the movies, music and a considerable number of work-related CDs and DVDs are in the drawers below the television. The best part of this is that I don’t have any other hidden stashes. What we have is out on display, and we can better appreciate the fewer treasures we choose to keep without going through the stress of trying to find things when nothing is edited and organized.


Creating a Welcoming Entrance

Creating a Welcoming Entrance

Entry way

Shoe organizers in our entryway set a peaceful, streamlined mood.

When you live in a small space, what you see when you come home is important.  We are doing a long overdue apartment overhaul (more on that next week) and I’ve been working on sorting and organizing for a couple of weeks.

I started at the front door with this set of shoe organizers I got at Ikea. They are called Trone and come in a set of three (a third one, tucked in a closet holds my husband’s shoes.)  They are also available in black, red and blue. Although I didn’t stack them, I liked the idea that I could, and I also liked the little shelf on top. Tucked just inside our front door this ‘relax’ sign, and my hand carved loon are now the first thing I see when I come home.

Trone by IkeaIt is heaps better than the cluttered and jumbled mess I had before. (I am not going to give before and after photos because some things are best forgotten.)

In one bin I have my minimal shoe collection (get my list here)  and the other holds umbrellas, hats, gloves and bags. It is tidy, organized and convenient (no more scrambling in the morning to get ready to go out.) Minimal shoes are fantastic because they take up so little space.

Best of all it creates a peaceful and welcoming entrance which will set the tone for our apartment re-do. I want to create a feeling of calm space that is highly functional with a place for everything and everything in its place. The next few weeks are going to be a bit chaotic but I keep looking at that Relax message and take a deep breath!