Minimalism: Rethinking Furniture (Project Six)

A few weeks ago, I read a blog “Questioning the Couch”, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

Why is it when we think about a living room, we see a couch or 2. A coffee table. Throw pillows. Maybe some shelving. All placed strategically around a tv screen that increases in size with every pay raise?

What about a kitchen. You NEED a fridge, oven, stove top, microwave, and dishwasher, right?

When we bought our home (which was built in 84), we realized there was no space for a microwave above the stove. We didn’t want to waste our minimal amount of counter space it, so Hubby and I have been microwave free for almost 18 months. And I love it! It prevents us from buying convenience food that we can just nuke in the microwave. If you’re going to have to wait for 20 mins for something to cook in the oven, it better be good. I am not waiting that long to eat a stinkin’ Hot Pocket.

What other things do I have because everyone else does? We got rid of our tv a few weeks ago and I’ve barely noticed, except for the fact Jude doesn’t watch as many movies anymore.

And then, we got a little weird this weekend guys.

We sold our bed frame…

It’s been coming for a few weeks. August started crawling and my anxiety has shot through the ROOF because he sleeps in our bed and I was afraid he would just crawl off the bed. With Jude the worry was less because he was a little bit older when he started crawling plus the floor was carpeted. But now we have wooden floors in the bedroom.

So I’ve been thinking. Do we need a bed frame? Why do we have it? Is it worth all this anxiety?

So then we pulled the trigger Saturday. We posted a picture online and a few hours later we were $50 bucks richer and we have a mattress on the floor. I moved Jude’s toddler mattress next to ours and you know what?

IT’S FRIKIN PERFECT.

Bryan sleeps against the wall. I sleep next to him. August is on the edge of the bed on the other side of me. If he rolls off our mattress (which he has a few times) he lands on Jude’s mattress, and they snuggle and spoon and it’s heart breakingly cute.

Most of the things we own are just that: things. Things can be replaced. If you don’t use it, get rid of it. If it’s stressful, get rid of it. There are NO rules on what can and can’t be in a room. None. So fill your home with things that you love. And things that are functional.

And nothing else. :)

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