I have a little buyer’s remorse over the purchase of two end tables at a yard sale over the past weekend. However, I have talked myself around to them for a few reasons:
- They are more functional for my needs as a bedside table than the storage ottomans I had been using, which were not totally flat and did not have adequate space for a book, my glasses, and my phone/charger without precarious balancing acts
- They were only $10 for the pair, a relatively painless amount of money
- Since I am so unattached, I can easily re-sell or donate when I move again, if I so desire
So now I have end tables. I’ll continue using the storage ottomans to store things (like fuzzy winter socks!), or if I find another way to store my fuzzy winter socks, I’ll give the ottomans back to my mother or my sister for college.
In addition to end tables, I have procured a desk. I didn’t initially want one, because I was confident in my ability to handle any and all computer tasks at my coffee table, but I caved and decided to get an actual work surface for tax deduction purposes. I can claim a home office (for my freelance writing income) if I have a designated work space for my “home business.”
My new rule for furniture (besides my couch and my bed) is this: If I can’t get it up the stairs and into my flat by myself, I’m not buying it. With this limit in mind, I re-purposed an end table with a drawer as my desk and then realized I would need a chair. Rats! Another piece of furniture.
I have to take furniture into account as I plan for my fantasy-self-future, where everything I own fits into my car. I find myself looking at desk chairs and thinking, “There’s no way that would fit in my car and leave any room for other things,” so I rule it out. I am currently coveting the Ikea Jules swivel chair, in white. It’s small but functional, and would probably fit in my car with plenty of room for other things. I’m also considering folding chairs, to save even more space. When I have made a final decision about how to outfit my new minimalist workspace, another post with photos will surely follow, with my own personal tips and tricks for making the most of what I have.
How do you limit yourself when it comes to furniture? What’s in your minimalist office?