What’s not to like about this view of Vancouver from our hotel window? We stayed downtown about a week ago, it was date night. I love visiting the fast paced chaos of downtown Vancouver and then leaving it all behind. Speaking of chaos… I’ve been more and more drawn to clearing my home of all the added stuff that accumulates over time and what I really want now, is to become a minimalist!
Am I too old? It’s what I used to be when I first lived on my own years ago. But, of course we didn’t call it that (poor comes to mind). I didn’t own much and most of what I had was from Ikea. I look back and think of those days so fondly now. So, little junk to contend with.
I happen to love the look of Ikea furnishings. I was born in Helsinki, Finland and my memories of our home, before we moved to Canada, is like memories from a page out of the Ikea catalogue. It’s the design that the nordic countries have that is so in tune with minimalism, I think. It’s all coming back to me even more because we are in the midst of planning a trip to Helsinki. I’ve been checking out airbnb for accommodations for our visit and, boy, are the memories flooding back. It’s been decades since I’ve been back! Loads and loads of condos that remind me of our home when I was a little girl.
I’ve been clearing out my home for a few years now. Yes, I read the life-changing magic of tidying up. But, unfortunately it’s not magic and it takes a whole lot of work to get done what the author, Marie Kondo, recommends. The magic hasn’t happened here yet and I don’t think it ever will to be honest. Even though I love the idea of how she declutters and goes through everything in the home I’m not a fan of lining up my socks and underwear. Maybe just less of everything and more empty space around me would be fine.
I used to know exactly what I liked when I was
young younger, but, now I’m caught in this cycle of loving way too many styles and looks such as vintage and retro, plus, as I said I like the Ikea or Scandinavian style. This results in me buying things that just don’t mesh together at home and it leads to an accumulation of the horrid “stuff”. For instance, I can’t even decide on how to best store bowls and things on my open shelves to try for that clean look I so want to achieve. Hence the pictures of bowls 🙂
I’m a work in progress and what I’ve done is decided at the beginning of the year is to not buy anything, unless it’s absolutely necessary. I’m going through my things slowly and when I’m ready and when I’ve decided on what I need I’ll start shopping again. It’s kind of a self-imposed no-buy month that will probably last at least three to four months. Hopefully this will give me time to declutter and to decide what I really need in my life… pardon me, it’s not all about me! What we need in our lives.
Here is a link to a Swedish YouTuber that I like. She’s a minimalist vegan. I love the look of her home. It’s a bit extreme for me with people in and out of my house all the time, but, it gives me ideas. My sister laughed when I shared the channel link with her, because, Jenny Mustard is so Swedish in appearance. Plus so waif-like. My sis looked like her when she moved back to Finland in her teens… super tall, blonde and thin!
Check her out for some minimalist inspiration!
Well that’s all for now. What do you think of minimalism? I think many have lived like that for years and it wasn’t a thing, like it is now. I love to be in a less cluttered environment, but, hey now I can say I’m a minimalist… not. I’ll just keep decluttering and have more space around me!
Have a great rest of the week!