A few days ago, a friend stopped by. As she stood looking at my living room she said, "Your living room feels so calm and peaceful." She had NO idea what a compliment that was to me. That is my entire goal in this journey for peace and simplicity! When I began all of this, I started first with my bedroom. After all, as a mother of many, my bedroom HAD to be my sanctuary!
It was filled with dark red everywhere! Dark red comforter with 100 pillows! Ok, maybe only 8-10 pillows, but it feels like 100 when you are taking them off at night and strategically placing them each morning when you make your bed. Some mornings I would just give up and shove them under the bed or not make the bed at all. What a waste of time that was!! Then the sliding glass door was covered in red along with the other window. I also had a big, dark, heavy dresser in there that covered a big portion of the wall across from my bed. It may have felt dark and cozy, but I didn't want to get up in the morning, and it always seemed to be a mess that took forever to clean up.
Now the dilemma! I had already started my frugal ways looong before that. So, how do you do a bedroom remodel on an extremely tight budget? Well, it only cost me $4.76! I'll break it down for you if you don't believe it!
The curtains on the window to the left of the bed are one shear panel I bought for $1.00 at Salvation Army. The 2 outside panels where made from a cream colored flat sheet that I bought at Goodwill for $1.38. The elderly woman who lives in our apartment made them for me. I LOVE the whimsical cream color and the way the panels create the "pool" affect on the floor. The cream colored pillow shams were also from Goodwill for only $2.38 for both. You do the math.
I went to my giveaway pile and pulled out the picture frames (usually a no, no!) and grabbed some paint from the basement and painted them all to match. I repainted the little night stands the same color. The valance hanging above the sliding glass door actually belonged to another curtain set (again from the giveaway pile. . .shhhh. . .). I just cut the panels off so I would just have valances. I already had the blanket and the bed skirt is an old king size flat sheet. I do have plans to make a quilt to go on my bed. I won a whole pile of beautiful squares at a women's retreat!
So, the turn out? I love it! My hubby loves it! And it is SUPER easy to clean! I once timed myself cleaning the room. With vacuuming and cleaning it only took me 6 minutes!
What you see in the following pictures is just what there is. I have no other furniture in my room except my bed, 2 night stands, 2 lamps, my rebounder, my chi swing, and my hubby's guitar. That's right, no tv, no dresser, no headboard, and no chairs! Oh, I do have a clothes hamper by my door that's not in the picture.
But what does the CLOSET look like? Ok, that's only fair! Here goes. . .
Before you look at the pictures of my closet, I want to point out a few things. First, there is no dresser anywhere full of clothes. There is no more then maybe a load of dirty clothes. This is it! This is ALL the clothes that my husband & I own! You will see I have two vices when it comes to clothes and style. One, I have LOTS of bras (*blush*). Bras are the one thing I am NOT frugal on! I pay a lot for them, so I repair and wear them out to nothing before I will part with one. Two, I LOVE jewelry. Actually, this is an after picture. Before I reduced, I had at least 2 times the amount as what you see in my closet. I have a very sweet friend who makes AMAZING jewelry! Well, she only lives 2 houses down so. . .she is one of my weaknesses! However, I like to barter!
So here goes! Don't judge. . .(and don't laugh at the amount of bras!)
Thank you for coming to visit my home! If I get a good response or if others request it, I will post more pictures of other rooms in my house. I just have a strong curiosity as to what a minimalist house looks like. If you are aware of others pics or videos on the internet please share the link in the comment section.
Have a clutter free day! =)