i finally crossed getting my fancy bedding off my 101 list. it included a new duvet cover (in white) and matching pillow shams (in white) and these super luxurious and way too expensive sheets my mother bought me (in cream.) apparently, i care very little about the dirt factor... whatever, it matches my glorious gold bed frame my mom also bought for me, back in high school. there's a sheet set in dark gray too, which is probably more practical.
the reason i felt comfortable with crossing this off the list was because i realized that these few things were enough. i decided last year, with my word of 2013, that i simply needed less. less of everything, but most importantly - less stuff. and while i love the catalog-y look of matching sparkly throw pillows and a monogrammed roll pillow, those things aren't necessary. i'd have to put them on the bed every morning just to take them off every night. and repeat. more stuff, more work, more things to clean? no thanks. one pretty bed, with the necessary side tables, and a lamp later, i decided my bedroom was to my liking and i was probably just done. no paint, no things on the wall, no curtains. just the way i liked it.
this is also referred to as minimalism. not the extreme kind. because 'real' minimalists just sleep in a one room apartment with a mattress on the floor. but it's the basic idea of minimalism, which i've fully embraced for every room in the house (besides my bar cart. there's nothing minimalist about my bar cart with it's striped paper straws and flagged olive picks, but i can't bring myself to part with it. but my stylescope says it's a must anyway.) i have just one framed photo, nothing on the walls, and certainly nothing that could ever be categorized as a 'knick-knack.' just the thought of knick-knacks makes me panic a little. but even without these things, my apartment doesn't strike me as empty. it's clean, organized, has everything i need. plus a fun bar cart and a cozy blanket, with squishy couch cushions that give it the right amount of 'lived-in.' especially when i light the bajillion (rough estimate) candles i have. one day, when i'm not renting any more, i would love to paint my walls. haha kidding. hire someone to paint my walls. paint would be a nice touch to make it look homier, without adding anything i need to clean.
nothing gets you organized like being a minimalist. if you don't have the stuff, you don't have anything to organize. i don't have to find spots for the extra pillows, because there are no extra pillows. funny how that works. my bathroom was easy to organize, because i just don't have a million products to put in it. my living room is easy to clean, because i don't have a dvd collection to dust. so yes, i have tons of tips and ideas for getting organized, but the biggest and most important one - just get rid of it. and i don't mean store it in your mother's attic. i mean assess your attachment to the item, take a photo of it, and let it go.
i might just be crossing off 'fully decorate my apartment in my style' next. because it is decorated in my style. minimalist. at least it is for now. if you're thinking about embracing minimalism/simplification this year, i think you rock. start here and here.
------------------------------------i've heard in some blog feedback that a lot of you love my posts on organization (or are inspired by my instagram photos.) i love them too and i'll definitely be bringing you more, but i also want to direct you to steph. yes, another stephanie, apparently we stephanies are organizing fiends. she too is a de-clutterer, but seeing as how she has 3 pups and a pack rat husband, and is a home cooking, flower planting, holiday decorating queen of the hausfrau, she doesn't have the luxuries of total minimalism like i do. she gets rid of what she can, and organizes the rest. for fun. it is fun we swear. so if you're sitting here thinking 'that's great, but i have way more stuff! i could never get it all organized like you!' then you need to check out life according to steph. because she is proof that it can be done, even if you have the things to host thanksgiving or fully decorate a home for the holidays. you just have to make a plan and get down to it. oh yeah, and she has a full time job in an office that she commutes to. no excuses!