This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full affiliate disclaimer here.
A few months back, I tackled the corner of the bedroom that houses my things in a fit of energy inspired by discovering the minimalism movement and applying it to my own life. My guide? The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, a great book for neat-freaks.
This is where my bedroom left off, all nice and clean. Granted, clothes pile up corners get used as storage, but there’s a lot of back and forth in the cycle of cleanliness. That blue plastic drawer set essentially became my “chair”. You know what I’m talking about. It’s the chair in your bedroom that’s used for piling clothes on, not sitting.
As one of the most naturally cluttered areas of my bedroom, it was time to make some more changes. The first step? Get rid of the tall dresser (the tan sliver in the above photo). Ian and I went through our clothes and realized there were a lot of things that we no longer wore. He cleared out two drawers in the dark brown dresser, and I moved things over.
Why did we want to get rid of the dresser?
1. It seemed silly to have two dressers and a closet to hold all our clothes. There’s no way two people need that much space for clothing.
2. The dresser was very bulky. It could have worked in our space had we arranged our furniture differently, but as it was, it was the biggest single thing in our room (aside from the bed).
3. It was falling apart. The dresser had belonged to Ian’s mother when she was younger. Overall, it was a very sturdy piece of furniture, but the wood was splintering at the corners and I had lots of trouble with one of the drawers.
Not everything could be consolidated from the tall dresser into two drawers of the shorter dresser, so there were some workarounds. We took all our thick sweaters and stored them under the bed. They’re not worn super often, and take up a lot of drawer space. For my leftover clothes, we decided to put them in another plastic drawer set that Ian already owned; no way was I going to buy additional storage; that kind of defeats the purpose of this whole exercise.
Okay, okay, but what does it look like, now?
Here’s the final product of this round of cleaning!
Having that large dresser out of the way really makes a huge difference. The room feels larger, I can see the clock in the mornings, and I’ve also gotten rid of clothes, which is always a good thing. I don’t love the plastic drawers, but for now, they’ll do. The giant pile of teal is actually my competition dress which broke my budget last month, and the other pile is what’s life of my “chair pile”. Anyone have a better method for storing clothes that aren’t quite clean, but aren’t quite dirty, either? It’s so wasteful to wash clothes after every wear if they don’t need it. (Does that make me sound gross? I might be a little gross… oh well. It’s energy efficient this way, haha.)
The shelves didn’t get touched since the last round of stuff purging; this is next on my list. I like having everything on display because that means I won’t forget about it, but I do need to find a better way to organize it.
I feel like I was able to get rid of so much stuff. Yet, looking at the before and after photos, it looks as if hardly anything changed; just a bit of room cleaning. At the moment, I’m definitely not living a minimalist lifestyle. Since starting this blog, I’ve been paying closer attention to my spending habits. In fact, since my first post on minimalism, I can count, on one hand, the number of clothing purchases I’ve made. That’s a big success for me!
What minimalism means to me
I want to continue getting rid of unnecessary belongings. Not buying them in the first place is half the battle, but if I can fully adopt a minimalistic lifestyle, I know that I’ll end up happier financially. I would love a living space that was mostly empty. A clear workspace is a clear mind, right? Having less stuff means there’s less to worry about, less to clean, and less to pay for. Sounds like a win-win, to me.
Any tips on what I can do to enjoy an even simpler space/lifestyle?