When I came home from college in May, I looked around at my room and thought, “I have too much stuff. How did I get all this?” Since then, I have been on a quest for minimalism.
My goal was to identify the essential and remove the rest. I also have not redone my room since I was thirteen, which is the reason for the horrible green color you see below.
This is what my room looked like when I graduated from high school (almost three years ago). It’s pretty embarrassing to look back on this!
This is what it looks like now.
The IKEA bookshelf and little wooden man are the only things that stayed! I threw away some things, had THREE garage sales, gave things to cousins, and donated to Goodwill and a domestic violence shelter in Atlanta. What I could not get rid of, I stashed away (in an orderly manner) inside these trunks and suitcases.
A quick note about the caramel colored trunk you see on the left, as it is Veteran’s day. It belonged to my best friend’s grandfather, Patrick “Pat” Denman, an illustrator and artist. He enlisted in the Marines before the attack on Pearl Harbor and drew for Leatherneck magazine. He also freelanced for Coca-Cola, the CDC and sent a portrait of JFK to a grateful Jackie O. Upon seeing it, President Johnson asked Pat to draw his own portrait. He kept art supplies in the trunk and now I do too.
For kicks, here is what I did with the jewelry that made the cut. The IKEA necklace tree is the same from the first picture, but I added four bowls for rings, earrings, watches and cuff bracelets.
The wooden one is from Antigua, Guatemala, the second is a silver bowl purchased from the best Antique store ever, and the last two are from my grandmother. My earrings are actually in her crystal gravy boat! I know she wouldn’t mind.
I am so happy with my streamlined surroundings and I encourage y’all to actively work on de-cluttering your lives. It is so addictive!
I also have been hard at work on a new home office/art studio for myself which I will show you in a bit!