A new beginning

It’s true then. What’s more, I’m finally starting to feel like I really did it – though I never thought I would. But I did and it feels good.

My new apartment – although not nearly finished yet – already feels like home. My very own place. No need to compromise. All mine.

And I’m in love with the place. I have my piano. I have London. My grandmother’s old side table, which I’ve been using as a dining table for the time being.

pianoI’ve got my books. I took only the books I love and will be reading again and again and again. It might not look very minimalist to others, but it sure is to me.

booksIn the corner beside one of the bookcases there’s the bicycle wheel I intend to turn into a chandelier.

No couch or recliners yet, but I do have a working hob – finally – so I can sit on my bekvam step stool, enjoying a hot cocoa and a good book.

I can prepare good, tasty meals in my small but well equipped kitchen. I have to admit to feeling rather smug about my “secret” spice cupboard behind the kitchen door. Just five simple bekvam spice racks screwed to the wall right where I need them: not even two steps away from the hob.

herbs-spicesAlso, since I usually keep my kitchen door open, the spices are protected from direct daylight most of the time.

I do need to think of more creative solutions for my kitchen, seeing that storage space there is very limited indeed, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something.

Now, freed from having to deal with all the stuff I neither wanted nor needed, I’ve been asking myself: What do I really want from life? How do I want to spend my time? What is really important to me?

I can’t say I have all the answers yet, but at least some answers are already forming in my mind.

Summed up in three short words: I want less.

Which brings me right back to the core of what minimalism is all about. To live simply, with just those things we really love and need. To get get away from the consumerism that’s everywhere and which is so hard not to fall prey to.

This is what I want: a simple life.

A place to call home, enough clothes, good, honest food and the company of my loved ones. Those should be my priorities, and I intend to get those right.

Though I’m not sure how to get there yet, get there I shall. I will learn how to do what’s good for me.




About Liam

Poet, writer, aspiring minimalist
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3 Responses to A new beginning

  1. atkokosplace says:

    Liam, I love what you have done to your place. Did you paint the walls or was it always grey? I really like it. I like the cabinet for your books too! No need to dust, which I love! Mine are in the open, so dusting is a must. I’d like to fix that, though the only way to do so is to whittle down the books…another project for another day. Your spice racks are darling! Isn’t it wonderful to have the things around you the things that you love? It sounds like your are in a happy place and for that I am glad. Peace be with you Liam. Koko ❀

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    • Liam says:

      Thank you, Koko. I painted the walls. They were white. All of them. Except for the kitchen walls, which were grimy – which really isn’t a nice colour at all. As for the book cabinets, we had six of them, but only two with doors. I decided to take the ones with doors with me, because the cats were forever toying with my books. No more of that now.
      Yes, I’m happy. I’m a lucky guy.

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      • atkokosplace says:

        You can always add a bamboo roll up shade to the book shelves to keep kitties out! I totally understand the cat issues. I never had trouble with my kids getting into things when they were tiny, but having cats is like having toddlers around! Hahaha! Great job on the painting! 🙂

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