Monday, September 19, 2011

How I fell in love with minimalism

This summer, my husband and I went to NYC. We had never been to the city and searched for a cheap place to stay. "Cheap and NYC?", you say? Oxymoron, he? Oh well, I beg to differ. We found the most amazing place through Airbnb. For those of you who don't know the site, check it out. You can inexpensively find a room that somebody rents. Of course, a somehow necessary condition is that you are outgoing and like to take risks. ;)

Anyway, those are two of the photos we saw on aribnb.


Now let me tell you. This has been one of the most beautiful experiences ever. I have never thought of living without any clutter. No table, no chairs (cushions on the floor), no nothing. When we first entered the apartment (the guy gave us his keys at Penn Station), we joked around. We couldn't believe somebody was living there. And the minimalism almost doesn't show through the photos because you see something. But imagine the rest of each of those rooms EMPTY.

After staying at this place for five days, we said that we would love to live like this as well. Maybe not to such an extreme (I really enjoy typing those lines from my laptop seated on my table)...but moderately. In another post I will explain what my idea of moderate minimalism is. :)

PS: We paid $275.00 for five nights...for the two of NYC...


  1. Wow-what a great deal! I'll definitely check that site out for future use.

    I agree that it would be so nice to live without "stuff"...but I'd miss sewing and creating too much!

  2. How funny, last night I had dinner with a friend from college who now works for Airbnb! She'll be glad to know you enjoyed the experience!

  3. @Tricia: I agree, it's not easy to unite that life style with creative hobbies. I think it could be done though, limiting the crafting to ONE room in the house.

    @Paige: That really is a coincidence, he? :) My experience with airbnb couldn't be better and I will sure book through them again and again.

  4. What a great idea to rent a place instead of a hotel! Saving a ton of money is always a good thing. :)
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