Our Minimalist Home

We are minimalists, but we are also human beings. We have hobbies – just take a look at our kitchen and you can see the we LOVE to cook. We have work – as evidenced by the dining table/desk. We have knick-knacks – things we’ve kept from our childhood and our travels together. In short, we have stuff – just not a lot of it.

What you’re about to see is not a space where we sit on the floor, reading a single book, while eating the one and only piece of fruit in our possession. It is a place where things get done and memories are made, just without a lot of the excesses you might find in a typical American home. So with that being, said…we welcome you to our new home, all 732 square-feet of it.

Our Living Space

Yep, that’s a 32″ TV. It’s 11 years old and all we need for streaming Netflix and YouTube.  The furniture is Mid-aisle Modern, direct from the back-to-school section at Target. The ottoman cubes make great storage for our throw blankets, knitting projects, Kindles, and remotes. And that space above the TV – we have a big map that we’ve been saving that’s going there as soon as we find a frame.

Our Bedroom & Closet

Aside from a small coat closet, our bedroom closet is the only closet inside the apartment. We store our clothes, linens, laundry, craft supplies, puzzles, homemade yoga mats, vacuum, sleeping bags, and travel gear here.

The Bathroom & Laundry Room

The shower curtain was a great “mistake”. We found it at a bargain store for $3.99. The packaging didn’t show the details of the design so we thought it was green and blue color blocks. When we opened it, we found the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty. It is the perfect compliment to our travel theme!

Our Kitchen

The kitchen is small but functional. We rented this apartment sight-unseen (due to COVID restrictions, we couldn’t take a real tour). Had we known the kitchen was this small, we might have opted for the other 1-BR floorplan. But…we’re making it work. We added a book shelf just off the kitchen to hold some of our larger (and most used) small appliances, our teas, cookbooks, and fruit baskets. We’re also utilizing the tops of the cabinets to store canned goods from our garden. Note all the pickles…we had a lot of cucumbers this year!!

Our Balcony & View

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Far and away, the best part of our home is the view. Having lived in the city for 4 years (behind a Cracker Barrel and next door to a Walmart), this is such a welcome change. We wake up to the sun shining in through the windows and look out at night to see deer (and once even a horse that had escaped the farm next door!) From our balcony, I watched the fireworks show put on by the City on the 4th of July and the view was clearer than the last time we tried to go into town to see it. On a clear day, we see nothing but hills and trees for miles and miles, and yet, we’re just a few minutes drive from everything in town. It’s amazing and we love it!

Thanks for taking a tour of our home.

** I just wanted to note that what you see in our photos is real. Nothing was removed from the frame to make the picture look better (or less cluttered). I left my desk just as you’ll see it every day, and our kitchen too (though I did wait until we’d finished the dishes that day to take the picture). Like I said, we have stuff…just not a lot of it…and that’s the beauty of minimalism. How you define it is really up to you.

Have a Seat, Let’s Catch Up

First things first – I promise that a tour of our new apartment is forthcoming. Angie is back from Texas and we have finally started settling in. As you can see from the picture above, Caesar wasted no time in finding a new resting spot. We’ve been gardening, canning a few pickles and tomatoes, and one morning, we even went to the pool.

The tops of our new cabinets make great storage!

The hold up on the home tour isn’t our own busyness though. You might say, we’ve had a wee bit of a problem with our furniture. Most specifically, that couch we were so excited to find at a bargain. Turns out that either everyone in Nashville ordered the same couch or it was a bargain because it was coming from somewhere far, far away.

Every time it got close to our delivery date, we got bumped out another two weeks. No one ever called – we just got a random text or an email – so we have no clue what the real reason was but at one point I started thinking that we might have gotten it quicker if we’d ordered it off of Wish. July 2nd became July 16th and that became July 26th. We don’t know what the next date would have been because we were so tired of sitting on the floor by then that we canceled the order. That took an act of Congress! Well, 3 phones calls and 3 emails. So alas, to make a long story short, we can’t show you the cool flip-out lounger style sofa we were going to get. Wait! Yes we can. This is what it looks like on the furniture store’s website:

After several weeks with no place to sit, I decided on a whim to buy a couple of cheap accent chairs. And by cheap, I mean broke college student cheap. I bought two moon chairs from the back-to-school display at Target. The whole set-up (not including the lamp) cost less than $70 and surprisingly enough, those moon chairs are quite comfy.

The moon chair reading nook (before we rearranged things again!)

When Angie returned home from visiting her parents, we had a long discussion about life, money, minimalism, and our future furniture. We decided that for as much as we love being home, watching Netflix together, and eating popcorn, we don’t need a special couch to do it. We don’t even need a couch. But we did need something to sit on besides the moon chairs so we went back to the back-to-school display (at Walmart this time) and bought a convertible sofa (or a futon, clik-clak, settee, or what-have-you). It’s kind of cute, quite minimal, and even with the moon chairs and rug, we only spent half of what we would have spent for the couch that was never going to get delivered.

Hey, at least it’s not a milk crate!

You’re probably wondering – is it comfortable? Well now, that’s the $10 million question. Yes and no. Can you sit on it and watch TV? Yes. Can you take a nap on it? Yes. It actually sleeps quite well. But can you do either of those things all day long? Probably not. Even after we added a few throw pillows, the comfort level only rose to about what you might get sitting in the back seat of our car. Which is okay.

Wait! What??

It’s okay because we don’t want to spend our lives sitting on the couch anyway. We’ve done way too much of that this year already. (Way, way too much!)

We have a great pool here in our new complex, a walking trail, good neighbors, and a lot of great new ideas for adventures and getaways that are far better than a day on the couch. But…with that being said though, we are going to try laying the futon down and putting some pillows against the wall for movie night. If you can’t get the cool lounger couch you thought you wanted, just make one out of what you have, right?? (I’ll have to let you know how that goes.)

Seriously though, Angie and I did do a lot of soul searching after moving here and we both believe it was a good thing we didn’t get the couch. We have been trying to get  back to basics with minimalism, money, and well, life in general and the last thing we want to do is start the cycle over again. The furniture might seem sparse (we prefer the term minimal, of course) but it was inexpensive and it is super simple to take care of. Mostly though, it can easily be moved, sold, or gifted (we have 2 little girls in our family who have already put dibs on the moon chairs) should we find ourselves ready to move on to other things one day.

And that’s really what this blog is about anyway – less clutter, more time, fewer worries, and greater adventures. No fancy furniture required.