When I first moved into my current apartment, I thought I needed a desk. I didn’t have room for one in my old place, but the increase in square footage in my new apartment brought out a desire to buy things and fill it up – starting with a desk, and a chair, and things to put on the desk. A lamp! A place for pens! A notepad!
Something funny happens when we are given a new space: we fill it. If it is big, we want to get things to fill all the new nooks and closets and compartments. In contrast, if the space is small, we are able to adapt–to throw things out and make do.
We adjust to fill the space we are given, regardless of how big or small.
Heres’s the thing about owning things though: you have to deal with them. You have to pick out the desk, and pay money for the desk, and keep the desk clean, and move the desk around. When you move out, you have to decide whether you want to keep the desk, or sell the desk, or leave it on the street. Either way, you definitely have to find a way to get it out of your apartment and down the stairs.
I’m tired just thinking about it.
Rather than give in to the urge to “fill my space,” I’ve decided I’m going to leave things simple. I moved in with a shelf, a bed, a bench, and two end tables–all of which were carefully chosen, often used, and are much loved–and that’s how I’m going to leave things. For now, anyway.
Instead of buying things, I’m taking my decorating cues from nature. I love the look of adding in a few plants to make a simple space feel more alive, and I appreciate the freedom that comes with something that can be so easily moved or given away (provided I manage to keep them alive for that long… feel free to take bets).
With that in mind, here’s what I’ve been looking to for inspiration: