Moving In As a Minimalist

by Nyamka Bayanmunkh in


It has been a while since I posted here, moving out has been quite a bit of work than what I  expected. Even though it's been over a month since we moved in, settling in was a lot of effort, from getting basics like  getting pots and pans for the kitchen,  to finding affordable furniture. I still feel like I have residual stress and tiredness from the change in environment. I still feel like I need to catch up on sleep and my housemate, Ines, has been sick with a cold on and off for the last month. So writing took a backseat, while we settled in. Now that we got out all our basics covered, I can write again. I have been itching to write about our moving experience.

My goal for the apartment was to be clutter free as practically possible. I wanted the kitchen drawers to have space between the objects, instead of being chock full of stuff. In my old home our kitchen drawers were full of weird cooking tools, and as a result we couldn't easily access what we needed. Before moving in, I looked up terms like 'minimalist homes' and 'minimalist kitchen' to get inspired, and  found some excellent ideas that prevented me from cluttering the kitchen (The Stonesoup has good list to work off from for a minimalist kitchen)

As a cooking  enthusiast it's very tempting for me to acquire all kinds of ridiculous cooking tool (Guitar shaped ice maker anyone?) Luckily, I am now armed with the tools of minimalism! The most helpful information was this video from Mark Bittman. In the video he tells us that good cooking is not dictated by how many fancy/frivolous tools you have in your armoury, and that good cooks make do with what they have and still produce delicious food. Keeping this in mind I made a list of things that we definitely needed. I avoided getting any starter packs because as affordable as they seem, they mostly consisted of one or two of the stuff we needed, combined with five other things that we didn't need, like ridiculously small pots. Op shop were also an affordable option for getting bowls and casserole pots. We also waited until we needed something before buying it. For example, on the morning of our housewarming party we realised we needed more than one cooking pot as we needed to serve two types of stew, and mulled wine, which lead to frantically scouring Chapel st for cooking pots at 10 am  on a saturday. Solace was found in a local discount store! Another thing that we couldn't do without was a potato masher. Mashing with a fork is just not good enough!

In the living room, I seriously considered not having a sofa after reading this post by  Miss Minimalist, but my housemate made me realise that we were going to entertain often and having a bed/sofa is pretty essential if friends and family wanted to stay over. We decided against a television though, opting to use the large desktop computer. At the start many friends and family were puzzled by this notion, but they came around pretty quickly once we explained our reasons why. Since none of us watch TV programs on the TV, there was no point in buying an expensive device.  Also ,TV is pretty addictive, and not having it means that I won't have the option to veg out in  front of the TV. Now we have a sofa, a table with three folding chairs, a bean bag chair and a desktop computer in our living room, which gives us plenty of breathing room. 

My bedroom received the same treatment as the other rooms not only because I wanted it to be a calm and serene place, but also due to a self inflicted  space restriction. I voluntarily chose the smaller bedroom because 1) housemate had much more stuff than I did and 2)  I knew that if I got the bigger room I would want to fill it with stuff too. Since it is smaller, if things accumulate it will be easier to notice it in a small room than a large room. Furthermore, there will be less to clean and less to organise.   I also like the idea where the bedroom is a single utility area used solely for relaxing and not to be used when being productive.

Over all, moving out has been a hoot. I enjoyed every process from  packing up (which lead to decluttering), to nesting . Even going to Ikea was fun. Though, it's such a black hole, we were in there for 40 minutes.  Keeping ourselves from buying everything in there was tough, I still ended buying one tea towel, which we absolutely did not need, just because it was on sale and was strategically placed. Assembling the flat packs was even more entertaining, not for the assembler of course. I made one side of my bed levitate, and you know you have made a mistake when your bed levitates! 

Now that we are settled in, I have more time for writing and I am looking forward to sharing it with you.

Until next time,  I wish you lots of love and happiness,

Nyamka

P.S. I still need a lamp. Do you know any place that sells interesting and affordable lamps? If you do, let me know on the comment section.